Do you know where your salt comes from?

It could come from a mine, like the one above in Transylvania. Image from here.

Or from a marsh by the sea, like here in Sicily, near a town called Monzia by Trapani.

Out in the salty marsh, near Monzia. Pics from here,

But there are other seas giving great salt, like here on the coast of Essex, town of Maldon, England.

They’ve been taking salty water from the Blackwater River and producing flaky, tasty salt for a very long time. These pics from the Malton Sea Salt site.

Britain’s rival in so many things is also a salt rival. Near the coast towns of Brittany such as Guérande are salt marshes that produce a favoured salt called Fleur de sel. More here.

The new world has salt too.

Or how about some San Francisco salt? South of San Francisco this commercial salt operation run by Cargill, who produces 650,000 tons of salt annually by crystalizing natural sea salt from the San Francisco Bay’s waters. The colors are produced by varying concentrations of algae, brine shrimp, and other pond life. Organisms and colors change as the salinity changes. Image and info from here.

Khewara Salt Mine in Pakistan is said to be the world’s 2nd largest. These are blocks of salt from there, inside the public area of the mine. Image from here.

Your salt may also have come from Viet Nam, Bolivia, Poland, Ukraine. Portugal, Canada, India, Australia, China, or a dozen other countries.

Once you’ve got it, where do you keep it?

Visitor to the National Gallery Washington, D.C., in 1947 scrutinizing Benvenuto Cellini’s “Salt Cellar” on temporary exhibit. Image here.

More recent photo of Cellini Salt Cellar, or Salie, made for a King around 1540. It was stolen in 2003, recovered 2006, and valued at $60 million or so.

This above is simpler, made for playful people, with Lego. More here.

These are nice too, via justfreshness

Above are older missing their pepper partner, from here

The above salty little guy was the star of a TV spot for a food product from Knorr. The ad can be seen on YouTube

Salt and Pepper dice, try your luck. From here, for eg

The devil pepper with saintly salt. from Koziol.

These above are made by Renault from the parts used in racing cars. Wow. See more here.

And these cuties above by Lola Goldstein available at the MOMA store in NYC.

Many more more at crooked brains

Of course, salt isn’t just for shaking on to your eggs or tomatoes or potatoes or chocolate (oh yes). Salt has other wonderful properties too.

Rub it on a cutting board to disinfect it instantly and safely (Thx MS in Connecticut)

Sit in cave, “Krysztalowy Swiat®” 16 Stroma Street 32-020 Wieliczka, Poland and get all kinds of health benefits aparently

You can do that in Portland at a salt grotto too.

And salt is great for setting a speed record. Many land speed records have been set and broken on the smooth flat surface of Bonneville salt flats in Utah above. Image from here.

Or get off your speed machine and make some are with salt. This by Motoi Yamamoto, presented by Kottke

Up close, salt looks simple and beautiful.

This close up of salt from a photographer called sirsnapalot

If all this has given you a hankering for more, here’s the book for you. It goes well with peanuts.