Finally, about the salt
Salt is uniquely timeless – it exists since the water and the stone and it will continue to exist long after us. Historically speaking, salt accompanies human development since time immemorial. The discovery that the salt can be used to preserve food thoroughly affected the progress of mankind and the development of the economy of many countries.
Difference of natural and hand-picked Nin sea salt
Natural salt consists of stone salt and sea salt. Stone salt is obtained from the the salt mine, and sea salt from the sea. Most of the salt pans produces saltby industrially processing and treating it in manufacturing plants. At the Nin Saltworks, we do not do that. Here, the salt is collected in open fields in a way that in the spring the pools are filled with sea water. During the late spring and summer, the water evaporates, and the sea salt stays at the bottom and is manually „harvested“ in the autumn. The sea salt from Nin is original, unprocessed and as such rich in natural minerals. In the nutrition, the healthiest is hand-picked sea salt because it contains iodine from the sea algae which affects the proper functioning of the thyroid gland, bromine that is essential to the nervous system and potassium which helps concentration and mental actitivity. Sea salt is a cure for stress and cellulite, and thus the elixir for a healthy and beautiful skin. In addition to minerals and microelements, sea salt contains important amino acids and vitamins in trace. Strongly affects cells exchange in the skin and subcutaneous tissue stimulating metabolism and excretion of toxins.
How is the Nin salt actually produced?
Production at the Nin Saltworks in a natural and ecological way goes through five stages. The first four stages are the evaporation of sea water of the Adriatic sea thanks to the sunny and warm days, and the fifth stage is crystallization where the concentrated sea water (brine) transforms from liquid to solid state.
With the help of sunshine and windy days it takes 8 mm of water to evaporate 1 mm of salt. At the Nin Saltworks, the salt is collected on several occasions, and the first "harvest" is done when there is a15-20 mm layer of sea salt. Prior to the "harvest", i.e. the collection of salt, the brine is discharged for the salt to grate, i.e. to be dry. Fresh salt is then manually collected on piles and transported to the warehouse.
The average production of sea salt in the last 10 years at the Nin Saltworks is 3200t. Production of sea salt conducive to high temperatures and winds are favorable to the production of sea salt, especially "dry" south breeze and light bora. Season "harvest" lasts on average 63 days during the spring, summer and early fall.