The Olsson Family have been making solar sea salt since the 1950's and is the oldest family owned and operated sea salt maker in Australia.
To make it's sea salt, Olsson's use the method called "solar evaporation". Solar salt is produced by the action of sun and wind on seawater in large ponds. The seawater evaporates in successive ponds until the seawater is fully concentrated and the salt then crystallizes on the floor of the pond. It is then scooped up, washed in seawater, dried and packaged.
There are no chemical processes involved in the manufacture of our product, which is why we guarantee it is perfectly natural.
Solar salt plants must be located In area of low rainfall and high evaporation rates and Olsson's have the unique advantage of having as its only ingredient seawater from two of the world's most pristine oceans: The Great Barrier Reef (Port Alma, QLD) and The Great Australian Bight (Whyalla, SA). Pristine Australian water, sun and wind work in harmony to create the gorgeous Australian sea salt taste we all love.
From the waters of the Great Australian Bight
On the Eyre Peninsular, South Australia, in the northern part of the Spencer Gulf, lies the vast tidal flats of False Bay where Olsson’s makes their solar sea salt. Three basic elements are required to make beautiful sea salt: sun, wind and sea water. And thankfully, nature has provided these in abundance at our Spencer Gulf Salt Works. With over 300 days of sunshine every year and enough wind to award nearby Whyalla as home to Australia’s kite-boarding championships, all that is needed is the cold sea water that has travelled north from the Leeuwin and circumpolar ocean currents to make one of the world’s most beautiful, natural sea salts.
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From the waters of the Great Barrier Reef
On the southern end of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, lies the world heritage Heron Island group near the mouth to the mighty Fitzroy River with is massive 10 metre tides. In between these two landmarks lies Casuarina Creek and the Olsson’s Salt Works lies next to this creek in a place called Port Alma. Built on mangrove mud flats by the Olsson men (Charles, Malcolm and Don) in the 1980’s, the Port Alma Salt Works produces a sea salt rich in marine minerals.