Unique, pure Afar Salt Pearls are one of nature's most exquisite offerings. Naturally tumbled at the brine's edge of Lake Assal in Djibouti, Africa, Afar Salt Pearls range in size from tiny beads to golf ball salt spheres. The flavor is pure and gentle, not harsh or bitter. These pearls are the fine grade size, which adds a delightful crunch as a finishing salt.
Afar Salt™ works with the Afar people to support them in the harvesting and marketing of their natural product. The Afar Salt Pearls are harvested from Lake Assal, the deepest point in Africa at 510 feet below sea level. It is blisteringly hot with strong winds. The saltiness of the lake is because of its unique location. Occasional rains wash minerals from the surrounding mountains into the lake, but much of the salinity comes from sea water running through cracks in the land mass separating Lake Assal from the Red Sea (Gulf of Tadjourah). As there is no river feeding the lake, the seawater in the lake evaporates and forms a salt crust about 250 feet thick over a portion of the lake. Lake Assal is one of the saltiest bodies of water on earth, even saltier than the Dead Sea.