Posted by Doyle Bailey for Cast Iron Cookware Shop
Salt has a very interesting history. “Civilization was built on salt” according to an excellent article written by Sari Lehrer in the April 2012 issue of Whole Living. According to Lehrer:
“Man followed beast to the salt licks, the paths they trod became roads, and communities rose up alongside the licks. Its value (salt) went well beyond the value to cure and preserve; salt was used as currency and antiseptic, as well as for tanning and dyeing cloth”.
SALT IN HISTORY
- celibate Egyptian priests abstained from eating salt. It was thought to promote sexual desire.
- the word “salary” comes from the Latin salarium, which had reference to the money paid to soldiers of the Roman Army for purchasing salt.
- scientists have found signs of the presence of salt on Mars, which could be an indication of life on the planet.
- during World War II, the Nazis frequently hid their plundered European art treasures in salt mines.
- mined from salt deposits, table salt has had most of its minerals removed. It is harvested by creating a brine by forcing water into the mines which is then evaporated leaving the salt.
- “When It Rains It Pours” Morton Salt introduced this motto in 1914. The idea was that their salt would flow freely even in humid, rainy weather. The company added magnesium carbonate, which served to keep the grains from clumping.
- the oceans contain an average, by weight, of only 2.7 percent salt.
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