Meanwhile on Allison’s Secret Sicily tour earlier this month… during our visit to Trapani’s Salt Museum and the region’s salt pans, we learned how arduous collecting salt is and about the many ups and downs of the economics of the industry over the centuries. It is a fascinating history and a beautiful site to see….
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…
I love when art and utility meet. Here’s my salt holder, which is over my stove in New York City, made by Palermo ceramica artist, Nino Parrucca. Of course, it’s filled with sea salt from Trapani! Just lift the door, and salt to taste.
The salt flats of Trapani and Marsala (This one pictured is in Nubia.) can trace their origins back to the Phoenicians who colonized and developed the area starting around 700 B.C. The Phoenicians, who soon after became known as Carthaginians because of their establishment of Carthage (i.e. modern-day Tunisia), were master mariners, fisherman, and traders….
Salt, right from the source, at Nubia’s salt flat in Trapani.
Trapani’s salt flats at dusk with a full moon overhead.
Trapani’s salt flats at dusk.
Jewelry-designer Daniela Neri created these unique earrings that recall Sicilian ceramics with tarantella dancers. Daniela is a native of Trapani, and she takes the salt from the local salt flats and makes “coral” out of it–in other words, the beads that you see are not made of semi-precious stones, shells, coral, or glass, but of…
Jewelry-designer Daniela Neri created this unique necklace that recalls a Sicilian cart. Oh, I would have loved to buy this, but for now, I’ll settle for the two pairs of earrings she designed that I purchased. Daniela is a native of Trapani, and she takes the salt from the local salt flats and makes “coral”…
This afternoon, on our way back from the ancient Phoenician outpost of Mozia, the salt flats of Marsala and their antique windmills romanced us. See the white mounds on the right? That is sea salt drying before being exported to kitchens around the world.