All About Hawaiian Sea Salt

Hawaiian sea salts offer a combination of color, lots of minerals, and a varying grain size that makes them some of the most versatile salts available. Red alaea salt, black salts infused with activated charcoal, green salt infused with bamboo leaf extract, and plain, high-quality white Hawaiian sea salts are all available at The Meadow.

Hawaii has a rich salt producing history that stretches back long before Europeans landed on the Island. Today, some salts that are sold as “Hawaiian” are made elsewhere, and processed to look like traditional Hawaiian salts. Virtually all the “Hawaiian salts” sold around the world (including in Hawaii!) are based on industrial sea salts from manufacturers such as Cargil, and then passed off as authentic Hawaiian salt.

We’ve written a new guide that will tell you all about Hawaiian sea salt at The Meadow, including descriptions of the types of Hawaiian salts, the history of Hawaiian salt, and how Hawaiian salt is made.

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5 Responses to “All About Hawaiian Sea Salt”

  1. on 07 Sep 2012 at 10:07 pmSam

    Aloha, great to see you talking about Hawaiian sea salt! We have a great new one!! We have Guava smoked deep sea salt and we also have Keawe smoked deep sea salt! BTW we get our awesome salt from Kona deep sea, drawn up from 2200 feet down. Hope you get a chance to try it out. Mahalo Sam & Paige Wilburn

  2. on 12 Sep 2012 at 4:29 pmMark Bitterman

    @Sam – We love Kona Deep Sea Salt and carry it on our website!

  3. on 22 Nov 2012 at 7:46 pmmaureen mcelderry

    I’m not understanding the above comments about finding true hawaiian salt. You say in article above, that “all the hawaiian salts sold around the world including in hawaii are based on industrial sea salts from manufacturers such as Cargill, then passed off as Hawaiian”. Then is there no such thing as authentic Hawaiian sea salt? If there is genuine Hawaiian sea salt, you’re not saying so, or where to find it. I don’t want to buy an industrial (heated) salt called Hawaiian sea salt. Confusing. Can anyone clarify this for me? Thank you.

  4. on 25 Nov 2012 at 10:02 amMark Bitterman

    Hi Maureen! Sorry for the confusion. There are indeed a handful of true Hawaiian sea salts. They are made naturally using solar evaporation, but with some modern twists such as doing the evaporation in a greenhouse. Examples of these salts are: Haleakala Ruby, Popohaku Opal, Kilauea Onyx, and Kona Deep Sea.

  5. on 05 Apr 2014 at 2:14 pmSaltlover

    Salt is needed for life to begin as well as live and grow.

    So since it is essential for living, I think that we should only eat and use nothing but pure whole unrefined sea salt for best nutrition. The biggest difference between salts to me would be refined or unrefined. I have come to find that some salts say ‘Sea Salt’ but are still refined.
    Salt is an antimicrobial and anti-fungal. Our health starts in our gut/stomach. The balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria is the key. In terms of health unrefined salt is necessary to keep your insides pure and not feeding the bad bacteria.

    I personally love the taste unrefined sea salt brings to foods! Replacing regular refined salt with whole sea salt in recipes can actually bring down your sodium intake. I start by replacing 1/4 tsp per 1tsp in the recipe and then an additional 1/4 tsp (to taste) after it is prepared.

    As far as price goes, I do not think it is very expensive. I buy my unrefined salts from rather than the grocery because most ‘Sea Salts’ are still refined. The prices are not overly priced but still not as inexpensive as regular table salt. The difference is in the nutritional value, health benefits as well as the taste, even by using less.

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