The Salt of Trapani joined the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PGI (protected geographical indication) that was released on 11 December 2012.
Being a product of PGI certification requires that at least one phase of the production process should be carried out in the region of Sicily.
The Protected Geographical Indication, Sea Salt of Trapani, is reserved exclusively to the Sea Salt produced in the salt marshes of the municipalities of Trapani, Paceco and Marsala. In particular, this geographical area includes the salt marshes of the coastal strip (“The Salt Road”) bounded to the south from the town of the city of Marsala, north from the city of Trapani, in the west by the Mediterranean Sea (including the Islands of the Lagoon Marsala: Great Island, Mothia Island, Island Santa Maria).
The Salt of Trapani PGI must have the following aspect chemical and physical characteristics: white; consistent crystals; Mixed grain size; absence of additives, bleaching agents, preservatives and / or anti-caking agents.
The Salt of Trapani PGI is produced by the method of fractional precipitation of the compounds and of the elements contained in sea water, by evaporation of sea water in successive orders of baths of increasing concentration, so as to reduce the presence of the compounds undesirable, such as sulphates (calcium sulphate / gypsum in particular) and carbonates. The “cultivation” of saline has annually. Begins in April with the entry of water into the tanks of first entry, locally called tanks “fridde”, proceeds for the entire summer, culminating in one or two crops between the second half of July and the first half of September. A third harvest in October is possible only in case of prolonged drought.
The Salt of Trapani PGI is produced within salt marshes consist of a system of communicating vessels powered by the sea and a dense system of internal channels bordered by levees made of tuff and / or in the ground and sometimes wood. These saline can take advantage of the opportunity to use the clean waters of the Reserve of the Egadi Islands which includes Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo, just across the coast on which it stands around the production area of ​​Salt Trapani PGI.


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