HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >


Local Organic Evaporated Sea Salt

Looking for a good source....

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. There is no organic certification for salt in the United States.

    There are locally produced sea salts. I've seen them at the farmer's markets.

    1. Hm, I'm not sure how one could truly certify any sea salt as organic. Or say its non-organic either.

      1 Reply
      1. re: PegS

        I did a quick google and it seems that some countries do certify organic salt -- I have to assume it has to do with the way the salt is processed. "Organic" after all is just a set of standards for how something is produced.

      2. I saw some Sea Salt from San Francisco Bay at the 99 Cent store at University and San Pablo. I decided to take the Sicilian Sea Salt instead.

        1. You might want to check the reviews of locally dried sea salt. Generally SF Bay salt gets low marks in taste and isn't anything special. I'm sure there are differences but if it's from the Bay it will likely be similar in taste, the trace minerals that add/change flavor are minimal. If organic is the point, sorry for the distraction.

          If it's about local (and it's cheap): http://www.dollartree.com/San-Francis...

          1 Reply
          1. re: ML8000

            That's the stuff. "Derived from Pacific Ocean water". Also mercury from the gold mining operations a few years ago and occasional oil spills. I assume some purification must take place.

            1. Can anyone recommend a purveyer? I understand there isn't any organic. I don't think the salt has to come from the Bay. The Bay Area includes coastline as well.

              1 Reply
              1. United States does not have an organic standard for sea salt.
                Mostly, organic standards have been developed for animal and vegetable based products, not mineral.

                One New Zealand sea salt company I have seen in the market place has created their own "organic" certificate for their sea salt. This is the only so-called organic sea salt in the market place that I know of.

                There are lots of great sea salts available to choose from.
                An earlier comment mentioned Mountain Rose Herbs, they have a nice variety of sea salts to choose from.

                Hawaiian sea salt is really great sea salt as well.

                1. Isn't all salt sea salt? Even the stuff in the mines under Detroit came for the sea a few million years ago.

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: louib

                    Table salt is 98.9% NaCl with approximately 40% of it's weight from Na and 60% from the Cl.

                  2. Cargill makes several salts from local ponds. Here's my post on arranging a pick-up from its distributor, Salt Unlimited in San Jose.

                      1. Organic salt is not a real thing, and kind of just a ridiculous notion.

                        Not cheap but Marx Foods has some great salts.

                        1 Reply
                        1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                          Not cheap is an understatement. I just looked at the prices, Hawaiian red salt is $15/lb. You can get it for way less. The local brands in Hawaii show up in California, around $5/lb. I've seen $2/lb on sale, in CA.