by Salt Odyssey
A band of brothers navigating the exotic waters of artisan gourmet salts
Brothers Mario and Harry are taking us through their own "salt odyssey"...
Our journey inspired our company, and the love for the all-natural gourmet salts became our compass. We were enthusiasts of the Greek organic food market before we set our sights on salt. Greece, after all, is the cradle of the Mediterranean Diet, mainly because of the variety and purity of its herbs.
We started with blending the aromas of Greek herbs with a prime sea salt harvested at the Salinas of Messolonghi - a natural habitat of wild life in western Greece. Set between two rivers, a natural lagoon has been formed and is one of the most important wetlands in Europe and the largest in Greece. It is protected by the Ramsar Treaty and is part of the Natura 2000 network. It is a place of exceptional beauty and ecological value, rare flora, 280 species of birds and picturesque “pelades” - small wooden houses on piles in the water.
Made in Messolonghi. Natural. Tasty. Greek.
If you were to cross the old Messolonghi - Aitoliko highway your view will be dominated by numerous 15m high salt mountains spread all across the saltwater plain. It is the largest salt marsh in Greece, capable of producing up to 80% of Greece’s salt (120.000 tonnes) and it covers an area of 46.5 km2.
Our production starts in early spring, when seawater is channeled, isolated and stored. There we let the spring and summer sun and winds heat and slowly dry it out. As summer draws to an end saltwater is transferred to pans where it’s allowed to fully dry until September when the salt is harvested. It is washed with brine to remove unwanted solids, but without losing trace elements and minerals. The result is pure salt, which will be stored in large 10 to 15m mountains. The whole process is based on the same traditional techniques that have been used for decades.
Only the purest will do
We use only the unrefined product, which is free from chemical additives and contains only natural ingredients. ISO 9001 and IFS certification standards are maintained throughout and we see that quality and granulometry checks are systematically performed in the chemical laboratory.
Salt Odyssey and Messolonghi share the success
It was Salt Odyssey that made Messolonghi’s salt famous in Greece. First in 2008, it packaged and marketed this amazing salt in its pure natural raw form. And natural it is, indeed! And tasty! So is the constellation of the Salt Odyssey series of salts and spices: a natural source of vital elements for good health and a rich flavor palette for the gourmet of this world! It is now exported to 19 countries across 4 continents and with its 36 awards, is arguably the world’s most awarded gourmet natural sea salt!