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Salt

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Sea Salt

Sea Salt is produced by letting sea water evaporate inside big tanks set near the coast, called salt pans. The essential elements for salt production are sea water, sun and wind.

Along the coast of Trapani, Paceco and Marsala we can see a suggestive scenery of water, windmills and salt pyramids and behind them there is an important and productive reality. The entire zone is located in two protected areas: the natural reserve of Trapani and Paceco and the salt pans of Marsala (Stagnone).

The shallow watered coast and the favourable weather conditions allowed the Phoenicians to set the first salt-works, but the development of salt mining took place in the XV and XVI centuries.

During the XVII and the XVIII centuries the salt pans, the art of coral production and fishing represented essential economic resources for the city; these allowed the port of Trapani to become one of the most important ports of the Mediterranean Sea and of Europe.

Until the 1960s salt was exported throughout Europe and even up to Norway, but the Second World War led to a decline caused by the competition of salt rock, the high cost of transport and the damages after the big flood, that determined the abandoning of the farmhouses. Only after 1973, the year of the abolition of the Monopoly of State, there were some recovery signals.

Salt production takes place during summer, especially from July to September: three harvests are carried out, depending on weather conditions. Sometimes the last harvest takes place A�in September, but it is possible to find the product throughout the entire year.