Years ago, picking salt at the grocery store was easy, name brand or generic? Today, salt practically has a aisle to itself. In the end you can basically lump all these salt choices into one of two categories, natural or processed. There is however one big difference you will notice right off the bat, processed is much cheaper! With such a premium price for natural salt products, is it really worth it?
The history of salt is as old as history itself. Herodotus wrote about salt trading routes across Libya in the 5th century B.C. and early Roman roads, such as the Via Salaria, were designed to move mass quantities of the mineral to the center of the Empire from the salt mines in Ostia. Salt, equal in value by weight to gold (Moorish merchants in the 6th century would trade salt for gold pound for pound) would often be used to pay Roman soldiers salaries (which is where we get the word “salary”…from the Latin word “salarium”, which describes the Roman practice of using salt as payment). Such heavy esteem for this mineral leads one to wonder, why? Why would so many cultures (past and present) value salt so much?