Salt from Es Trenc, Mallorca’s white gold

22/09/2016

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In a place where the water’s crystal clear with some of the most magnificent scenery in Mallorca we find the Salinas d’Es Trenc salt evaporation ponds.

Located in the south-eastern part of Mallorca, we find a beach that seems straight out of paradise, and if the spectacular beauty of its white sand and clear water weren’t enough, you can also explore its salt dunes.

Sea salt is one of the most important naturally produced products, standing the test of time to become what is now one of the oldest seasonings in the world. Though it wasn’t until the 20th century when it became truly important, salt has been harvested from Es Trenc since Phoenician and Roman times.

The seasoning, which is obtained from the only edible mineral rock, has the largest concentration of natural minerals in existence and shares 84 trace elements which are also found in the body. Yet, do you know why it has so many minerals? The oscillating movement of the sea over the course of millions of years has worn down both minerals and rocks on the planet, which are then found dissolved in salt water and obtained when it evaporates.

You need the right weather conditions to produce a natural phenomenon such as Flor de sal d’Es Trenc. This means a lot of sun, a soft breeze and low humidity. It’s in these conditions that a fine layer of salt on the water is created, producing a crystalline effect.

Making sausages, decalcifying water and tanning leather are just some of the applications that make use of this salt from Mallorca but the thing worth pointing out is definitely the delicious flavour it gives to dishes. At the Hotel Costa Azul restaurant we know how good this salt is. That’s why we season our dishes with Flor de Sal d’Es Trenc, adding this bit of the island to each of the recipes that call for it.

If you travel to Mallorca and you stay at our charming hotel in Palma, we recommend not missing out on this natural wonder. Thanks to guided tours of the Es Trenc salt ponds, you can go through this gorgeous landscape and learn about the history of the salt ponds and the production process for making this cherished seasoning.