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 Dave and Matt, founders of Jersey Sea Salt, were enjoying the spoils of a successful fishing trip when it dawned on them that, as Jersey is famous for its culinary delights; especially sea food, the most important and abundant ingredient was not locally available.
Jersey is also famous as a financial centre, an industry that Dave worked in for 18 years, however, longing to create a different environment in which to live and work was too strong a calling to ignore.
Matt also felt he had done his time in his 'day job'. Matt studied fine art in London, moved back to his home Jersey and started a interior design and building company. “I was happy but needed something new, something that was unique” that’s when Dave suggested “lets start making the sea salt!”
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.
Who We Are
The community is at the heart of everything we do.
The team is comprised not only of Dave and Matt but a network and support from family, friends and the Jersey community, whom have helped them create a sustainable and environmental friendly company.
Matt and Dave can be found on the weekends paddling their kayaks around the coast of Jersey taking in the specular scenery, the wildlife and the general splendor that is the Jersey coast. They have a passion for their home and their artisan product which shines through in every crunch of there unrefined taste of the ocean.
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.