Himalayan Salt is a pure, hand–mined salt that is derived from ancient sea salt deposits, and it is believed to be the purest form of salt available. The high mineral and iron content account for the crystals reddish or pink color, with some crystals having an off–white to transparent color.
Himalayan Salt was originally formed from marine fossil deposits over 250 million years ago during the Jurassic era. Harvested from ancient sea beds, this rare and extraordinary salt has been a valuable commodity for centuries. Historically, the Himalayan people used this salt to preserve their fish and meat throughout the year, and every spring they transported the salt to Nepalese valleys for trade. Heavily burdened yaks would carry the salt along narrow sloping paths, mountains, and cliffs in order to sell and exchange the salt for other commodities.
Himalayan Salt is still extracted from mines by hand, according to long–standing tradition, and without the use of any mechanical devices or explosion techniques. After being hand–selected, the salt is then hand–crushed, hand–washed, and dried in the sun. Most of the commercial supply of Himalayan Pink Salt on the market today is currently coming from the mountainous regions of Pakistan.