Haleakala Ruby is a coarse jumble of moist crystals and butter-rich flavor that adds drama and complexity to food, especially fish, pork, and fruits.
Harvested from the pristine waters of Molokai in Hawaii, Haleakala Ruby is an ultra premium sea salt produced with the utmost care and attention, yielding a red salt that is rich yet delicate, with a smooth, balanced finish. The bright, deep, meaty red color of the salt comes from the addition of alaea volanic clay. This type of red salt is held sacred in native Hawaiian culture.
Under the careful supervision of the SaltMasters Guild of Hawaii®, Haleakala Ruby is made from the purest waters off the Molokai coast that are evaporated naturally under the Hawaiian sun with a proprietary sealed process, yielding a luxurious and nutritious sea salt rich with natural elements (See more below)
But the proof is, as they say, in the pudding. So try some not just on seafood and pork and mango salsa and hearty soups and bread & butter, but also on dessert! The rich, full flavor and brilliant red color will bring sparks of undiscovered flavor and color to your table. The alaea clay used in Haleakala Ruby is the finest available; selected especially by Hawaiian islanders for this red salt, then baked for purity and consistency.
The Making of Haleaka Ruby
The base salt is the same as in our Papohaku Opal sea salt. This super-premium gourmet sea salt is solar evaporated with purified black lava rock to add minerals, then combined with legendary alaea volcanic clay for color, added trace minerals, and a very delicate flavor. Known to exist only in the Islands of Hawaii, occurring naturally in bright, beautiful veins between layers of lava rock, alaea clay is laden with health benefits matched only by its flavor and beauty.
Haleakala Ruby sea salt is made on artisan sea salt farms located in Kaunakakai, on the tiny island of Molokai -- and for a very important reason. In terms of distance from other land masses, the Hawaiian Island archipelago is the most isolated place on earth, which means that the ocean waters of Hawaii are as pristine as any on the planet.
The saltmaker uses a solar evaporation technology wherein Papohaku Opal’s source water is injected into hermetically sealed, food-grade solar pans and allowed to slowly evaporate, yielding nature’s own perfect salt crystals. The resulting finishing salt is a very clean and yet full-flavored, ultra-pure red salt that is just 84% sodium chloride, and 16% naturally occurring elements--over 80 total, including critical ocean electrolytes and trace minerals.
This salt is painstakingly harvested under the supervision of certified salt masters, who are members of the Salt Masters Guild of Hawaii, an association formed with the goal of reinvigorating the thousand-year tradition of salt making as practiced by the ancient Hawaiian culture. The guild also trains selected Molokai residents in the saltmaking process, providing them with a fulfilling, respectable career consistent with island culture.
The origin of any gourmet salt is a critical factor in assessing its various qualities. Ordinary table salts—along with many specialty brands—are super-heated, processed and treated to remove impurities and pollution. However, such drastic steps also remove the very electrolytes, trace minerals and elements our bodies crave, resulting in salt that is approximately 99% sodium chloride—thus missing much of the health- and beauty-giving properties of the primordial ocean from which all life on earth arose.
But even within Hawaii, Molokai is special. Molokai is the least developed of the Islands of Aloha, with only a few thousand residents, no major resort areas, and no industry; its lifestyle remains rural and slow paced. Because of this, the waters surrounding Molokai suffer no industrial or sewage runoff, the very things that destroy the delicate balance of ocean water. In fact, Papohaku Opal's ocean water (and that of its sister salts, Haleakala Ruby and Kilauea Onyx) is actually tested to conform to bottled-water standards of purity.
Recommended uses: Try this salt sprinkled on grilled fish, plantains, fruit salads, or perhaps most startlingly, sushi, sashimi, or pan-seared scallops, where this red salt can quite literally make your food shine.