The story of Jersey Sea Salt
Sea salt production can be dated back to the Iron Age in Jersey where clay 'salt pots' have been unearthed by archeologists which were used to boil down sea water.
More recently salt was produced at Samares Manor, Samares meaning salt marsh in Jersey’s native language. Subsequently the marsh was drained in the 18th century to make way for the new manor house.
During the 2nd World War Jersey was occupied by German forces and with food shortage, including salt, locals took it upon themselves to start harvesting their own salt from the sea.
Moving forward 70 years Matt Taylor, founder of Jersey Sea Salt, was enjoying the spoils of a successful fishing trip when it dawned on him that, as Jersey is famous for its culinary delights; especially sea food, the most important and abundant ingredient was not locally available.
Having studied fine art in London, he moved back to his home, Jersey and started a interior design and building company. “I was happy but needed something new, unique and most importantly, sustainable."
Jersey's seawater is well know for its cleanliness and purity, which can be attributed to several factors:
- Tidal Flows: Jersey experiences significant tidal flows due to its location in the English Channel. Tidal currents help to flush and renew the water in coastal areas, reducing the accumulation of pollutants and ensuring a constant supply of relatively clean seawater.
- Limited Industrial Activity: Jersey is not heavily industrialized compared to some other regions, which means there is less industrial pollution entering the sea. Industries often discharge pollutants into water bodies, and the absence or limited presence of such activities in Jersey contributes to the cleanliness of its seawater.
- Environmental Regulations: The UK has strict environmental regulations governing water quality. These regulations aim to prevent pollution and maintain the health of aquatic ecosystems. Compliance with these regulations helps to ensure that the seawater around Jersey remains clean.
- Efficient Waste Management: Proper waste management on the island plays a crucial role in maintaining water quality. Adequate sewage treatment and waste disposal practices prevent the release of harmful substances into the sea, contributing to the purity of the seawater.
- Geographical Factors: The geography of Jersey, with its rocky coastline and relatively small land area, may contribute to the natural filtration of water before it reaches the sea. This can help to reduce the introduction of contaminants into the coastal waters.
- Awareness and Conservation Efforts: The community's awareness of the importance of preserving the marine environment and conservation efforts, such as beach clean-ups and educational programs, can contribute to maintaining the cleanliness of the seawater.
How is Jersey Sea Salt made?
So, how to do it?
Lots of experimentation, from converting an old gas BBQ, to building pans under glass, we've tried it all.
Until we came up with our bespoke salt houses, which enabled us to solar evaporate larger quantities of sea water.
We designed our salt houses specific to the climate in Jersey and are confident that we are currently the only company to do it in this manner.
About Jersey Sea Salt
IF you haven't seen him working his magic at high tides by St. Catherine's breakwater, harvesting the purest sea water, you will no doubt have bumped into his cheery self down at any of the local markets in Jersey, showcasing the wonders of Jersey Sea Salt.
The team is comprised not only Matt but a network and support from family, friends and the Jersey community, whom have helped him create a sustainable and environmentally friendly company.
Matt has a passion for the island and his artisan product shines through in every crunch of Jersey Sea Salt.
Jersey Sea Salt are proud members of Genuine Jersey
Genuine Jersey celebrate local artisans, farmers, bakers, growers and craftsmen, ensuring that their products are easily recognised as being made in Jersey through the Genuine Jersey brand.