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Pink Salt (also Himalayan salt) comes from the mountains of Himalaya, at 10,000 feet high. It is a fossil marine salt which was formed more than 200 million years ago during the Secondary era. Since the beginning of time, salt has been the principal source of income for people living in those remote regions. Because food preserved in salt retains its nutritional properties for several months, Himalayan people use it to keep fish and meat all year long. They also use it as a currency in trading. For centuries, once a year in springtime, the Himalayan people have been transporting the salt to the Nepalese valleys for trade. Heavily burdened yaks carry the salt, traveling along narrow sloping paths, often these paths have been carved in cliffs. Once they have arrived at their destination, the salt is traded for cereals, which are the staple diet for these Himalayan salt traders. It is easy to understand why salt has always been so precious for mankind.
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Pink Salt is naturally rich in elements and minerals (Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, and Iron). Iron is the naturally rich element which creates the unique pink color of this speckled salt.
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