Cornish Sea Salt
PRODUCER: Cornish Sea Salt, Cornwall
PRODUCT: Cornish Sea Salt Flakes
REGION: South West, Channel Islands and Isles of Scilly
CATEGORY: From the Sea (Primary)
WHAT THEY DO
It was while exploring the shores of his new Cornwall home in 2004 that Tony Fraser had the idea for Cornish Sea Salt. On a beach off The Lizard peninsula Tony discovered fragments of clay pots used by ancient Celts to boil seawater for salt, the remains of an Iron Age salt works, and was inspired to create a product that would have a positive impact on the region. Cornish Sea Salt began trading in 2008 and was at that time the first sea salt company to be founded in Britain for 125 years.
From their eco-friendly harvesting plant, only eight metres from the sea, Cornish Sea Salt filters fresh seawater using pioneering technology to remove all impurities and produce pure salt brine. Just as the Celts did, this is then gently heated to form salt crystals, with great care being taken to maintain the atmospheric conditions required to produce delicate salt flakes, which are then hand-harvested.
Cornish Sea Salt is passionate about marine conservation, working closely with research centres including universities and food institutes, and is the only British sea salt company to return seawater to the ocean, not distilled water. The company says, “It is not our style to blind customers with science, but innovation does go hand in hand with trust and integrity.”
Sadly Tony Fraser passed away in 2012, but the company continues to grow in ambition. Its Cornish Sea Salt Flakes are a favourite of supermarkets and independent stores alike, and used by many of the UK’s top chefs and restaurants.
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Members of the judging panel already considered Cornish Sea Salt their sea salt of choice, and praised their Cornish Sea Salt Flakes as “a great product with a fabulous heritage”.
VISIT THE WEBSITE: cornishseasalt.co.uk