Salt takes on the properties and flavors of the environment it came from as well as the process used to produce it. Salt is produced in three ways: Most rock salt is mined from the earth where it naturally exists as deposits. Most table salts come from solution or evaporation mining when deposits of salt are forced out of the earth by pumping water in and extracting the salt brine. Other salts are harvested in areas where the sun evaporates shallow water.

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