Tasman Sea Salt is situated in one of the worlds most pristine natural environments. Preserving these beautiful surrounds is central to the ethos of Tasman Sea Salt, harnessing sustainable energies throughout the production process.
Tasman Sea Salt utilises age old salt harvesting traditions alongside innovative new clean energy technologies. While the technology may be innovative the methods are simple - evaporating off fresh water to leave pure white salt flakes with nothing added and nothing removed.
The seas around Tasmania are some of the cleanest and most nutrient rich waters in the world and it is this unique combination which gives Tasman Sea Salt flakes their great taste and incredible depth of flavour. Packed full of the sea minerals and nutrients that are found naturally in these waters, Tasman Sea Salt contains all the goodness that nature intended.
Tasmania's Salt History
Less than 7km south of the Tasman Sea Salt works are the ruins of another saltworks which date back to the 1830’s and give rise to the name of the beach there - Saltworks Beach, accessed via Saltworks Road.
The old saltworks were established in 1835 by James Radcliff and, like Tasman Sea Salt, they used innovative technologies for their time with an underfloor flu for heating and drying the salt, and a windmill for extracting salt water from the ocean. Sadly the saltworks were not a commercial success and were closed down in 1841. The reason for their failure is unclear but many believe it was due to the withdrawal of assigned convict labour and the removal of an import duty on salt, both of which occurred in the 1840’s. Nonetheless, the saltworks were advanced for their time, and the remaining structure of the ruins and the landscape of the area reveals much about the early processes of salt making in Tasmania.
In a gory twist to the tale, James Radcliff travelled back to London in September 1856 for what was meant to be a short visit – but he never returned. Subsequently a bag was found under Waterloo Bridge containing mutilated remains which were thought to be his. But no positive identification was made and for many years after his wife met every boat that arrived into Hobart from London in the hope that her husband might one day return.
Find out more about Tasman Sea Salt including the health benefits on their website: www.tasmanseasalt.com