White As Salt

On first glance, you might think that my mom, Claire, is standing in front of a pile of snow; however, on second look, she’s standing in front of a pile of salt! Yes, that’s right, this is harvested sea salt in Nubia, Trapani on the side of one of the salt pans. 

The Phoenicians were the first (that we know of) to harvest salt by evaporation from the marshes along Sicily’s west coast from Marsala to Trapani, beginning probably in the 6th or 7th century BC. Their motivation stemmed from the abundance of tuna that they expertly fished and then exported around the Mediterranean Basin. Packing the tuna in salt helped the ancient fisherman preserve their lucrative catch. 

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Claire walsh says:

    Visiting the salt marshes was a great experience. It was interesting to see the salt in various stages of being harvested. Makes one want to jump into a warm bath and enjoy the silky feeling.

    1. Glad you liked the post!… And your time in Sicily. We only scratched the surface during your trip!

  2. Claire Walsh says:

    Allison, was fun to open this up and see this photo! ❤️❤️❤️

  3. Oh, wow, that’s incredible! Love the photo of your mom.

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