Papohaku Opal Hawaiian sea salt is among the most mineral rich, 100% natural sea salts anywhere. It's matchless rich and full flavor is complemented by its sumptuous opalescent white color, delicately crunch texture, and silky mouth feel. In another age, Papohaku Opal would have been a peasant's salt -- pure, simple, yet indescribably vibrant.
But like so much of the most elemental and wonderful foods, it comes to us now as the rarest of delicacies. Pure, packed with natural trace minerals and electrolytes, made with the utmost respect for the native culture and natural environment from which it came. Throw away your table salt and sprinkle it with a thought of thanks on every food you eat!
Recommended uses: Try this salt sprinkled on grilled fish, plantains, pan seared scallops, fruit salads, or perhaps most startlingly, sushi and sashimi, is where this salt can, quite literally, make your food shine.
How Papohaku Opal Hawaiian Sea Salt is Made
Papohaku Opal 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 proprietary sealed solar evaporation technology wherein Papohaku Opal’s (also that of Haleakala Ruby and Kilauea Onyx) source water is injected into hermetically sealed, food-grade solar pans and allowed to slowly evaporate, yielding nature’s own perfect whole salt crystals. The resulting finishing salt is a very clean and yet full-flavored, ultra pure salt that is just 84% sodium chloride, and 16% naturally occurring elements--over 80 total, including critical ocean electrolytes and trace minerals.
At the salt farm where Papohaku Opal gourmet sea salt is made, the salt is painstakingly harvested under the supervision of certified salt masters, who are members of the Salt Masters Guild of Hawaii, which the saltmaker instigated with the goal of reinvigorating the thousand-year tradition of salt making as practiced by the ancient Hawaiian culture, and also to train 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 opal’s ocean water (and that of its sister salts, Haleakala Rube and Kilauea Onyx) is actually tested to conform to bottled-water standards of purity.