Until quite recently, even though the Island is surrounded by it, no one had tried to farm salt on a commercial basis.
But thanks to the ingenuity of Dave Miles and Matthew Taylor, Jersey Sea Salt is now on sale in selected Island shops, with the potential to grow into a global business.
Their story starts with a barbecue in Mr Miles’ garden at Bel Val, overlooking the Island’s east coast. ‘We ran out of salt and we thought we’d try and make our own, as a wacky experiment,’ he explained. ‘We’ve been working on it for over 2½ years – we always knew we could make salt out of seawater, but we struggled to make the crystals. It took us about a year to get there.’
The end product comes in beautifully designed pots of chunky crystals.
Read more in Wednesday’s JEP.