This is a producer with a registered Trade Mark number
360713V of INPI, the producer is registered in his own name
and comes from a family of salt workers, and this activity
has been continued through 5 generations, the knowledge past
from father to son. The work of preparation of the salt
pans, controlling the crystallization, the collecting and
the marketing of the product.
The products are flower of salt and salt traditionally harvested, the area of the salt pans, which is his own property, is 13 hectares, and is considered a model example of a Salina.
The Salinas is divided in separate areas to allow for the formation and collection of the salt. These three areas are 1, a large deposit of sea water; secondly an area of evaporation and concentration, the third area is for crystallization and collection, production is between 60 to 80 tons of Flower of salt and 800 to 1000 tons of Traditional Sea Salt.
The location of the Salinas is the RIA FORMOSA Natural Park (a reserve for shell fish and other marine life) where the mud is of a special quality. It is close to where the ocean enters the park which is important to the quality of the final product; this can be proved by the appearance of the pans the analysis of what they produce and the subsequent certification. The area is also a long way from any polluted areas, which of cause also affects the quality. Within the Salina is a storage and packing unit of 1500m2 with a height of 3 meters and a capacity of 3000 tons, which is well constructed with separate areas designated for storage and packing.
It is from here that the distribution occurs, where it is ensured that the quality is as required by the authorities for culinary use.
This producer pioneered the production of flower of salt in Portugal 2 years before the other producers, initially for export and later for the home market. This product has been collected for years from the edge of the salt pans for consumption by the owner and his friends.
There exists a control of the product and its quality, this knowledge has been passed down verbally through the family, not only grandmother to the present producer, but also the three brothers of his grandmother who continues the workings of over 100 hectares. The present producer is now the only one working in the salt trade.
This knowledge and experience over a long period of time of the product, the collecting storage and packaging has been enhanced by the advance in new ideas in collecting, which in turn has led to better storage and transport methods.
Note: THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE OF THE SALT PANS AND THE WORKERS OF THIS PRODUCER, PHOTOGRAPHED IN HIS OWN PROPERTY. THESE PICTURES PRINTED IN BOOKS AND ON SITES OR OTHER WAYS OF PROMOTION OF ANOTHER COMPANY, IS DONE WTHOUT AUTHORIZATION.
In the year 2000 the products of flower of salt and traditionally collected salt was certified by Nature & Progress in France, with a book of norms for collecting storing and controlling the final product. The product is inspected by SATIVA for Nature & Progress and accredited by IFOAM. It was initiated a system of auto-control for production and packing of alimentary products. It is in implementation a HACCP system, for a external of specialty and certified company of the national and international level for the effect.
This type of activity has been noted in History and has references in the library in Tavira, showing that salt was harvested in 2000 BC (4000 years ago).
This type of traditional activity has evolved with nature, and is a friend to the environment and does not effected the cycle of plants and animals.
In June of 2007, the products Flower of Salt and Salt rtisanal were accepted as compliant in the defunct project "COMPRO O QUE É NOSSO", and was upgraded in 2013 to the name "Portugal SOU EU" which allows you to use the logo of the statement.
(photos taken in 2008)
What changed was the city because the salt is in the same!
Adapted to new circumstances and market.
PHOTOGRAPHS ARE OF THE SALT PANS AND THE WORKERS OF THIS
PRODUCER, PHOTOGRAPHED IN HIS OWN PROPERTY. THESE PICTURES
PRINTED IN BOOKS AND ON SITES OR OTHER WAYS OF PROMOTION OF
ANOTHER COMPANY, IS DONE WTHOUT AUTHORIZATION.