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Traditional Sea Salt from Hawaii (Alaea)
Traditional Hawaiian table salt, called Alaea, is an unprocessed salt that is rich in natural seawater minerals. The Alaea salt is reddish-brown in color due to the addition of a red volcanic clay called Alaea. This addition does not alter the salt’s taste or smell, but does significantly increase its health benefits; it is composed of over 80 unique minerals. Alaea salt has a delicate and smooth flavor that is mellower and less salty than regular table salt, and its texture is intensely crunchy.
Customarily, Alaea sea salt was used by Hawaiians to cleanse, purify and bless tools, canoes, homes and temples. Alaea is also used in several traditional Hawaiian dishes such as Kalua Pig, Hawaiian Jerky and Poke. Because the salt is harvested by hand, it is expensive and hard to find on the mainland, but the following producers ship Alaea nationally.