Our traditional sea salts have been solar and fire evaporated by periodically or seasonally harvesting crystals accumulated on the bottom of a crystallizing pan. Coarse, dry sea salts used in grinders are examples of traditional salts. Harvest might employ large plows drawn across a salt pan in Vietnam or spatulas scooping from a kettle in Denmark. Comes in both coarse and fine grinds.
Impact: Varies widely from salt to salt, though often hard and brittle to the tooth and bright and intense on the palate.
Uses: Finishing salt taking advantage of dramatic color and crystal formation and diverse cultural associations. Many traditional salts make good all-around cooking salts, while others are excellent for finishing.