Himalayan pink salt is mined in the Himalayan region of northern Pakistan. This type of rock salt is high quality and is recognized by various agencies as such. It is used for table salt and many other applications. Himalayan rock salt is often called "Stals of Life" because it is believed to contain trace elements that are responsible for the trace of life on our planet. This type of salt can be found in many locations in Pakistan, India, Tibet, and Nepal. The name Himalayan comes from the Himalayan Mountains where it is mined.
Himalayan salt crystal undergoes a special process during the formation process. In this process, calcium and magnesium carbonate are transformed into sodium chloride (table salt) by heating. The transformation of these minerals is important because the chemical properties of salt crystals change due to pressure. Generally, Himalayan salt crystals contain calcium and magnesium carbonate, and are a very pure and natural mineral. This is why many customers consider this to be their one-of-a-kind type of mineral crystal.
Recently, mining companies from Pakistan, India, Nepal, and Tibet have been attempting to mine more of this mineral, and possibly gain some profit. Unfortunately, they are not making enough revenue to support themselves. Although profit is not the only motivation, profit does mean that more people can use them and therefore help the economy. Unfortunately, most people who live near the Himalayas are not aware of the importance of this mineral. For this reason, Himalayan salt comes to be known as the "stones of the Gods".
Although some of the commercialized varieties of this stone are available in stores, it is still difficult to get the genuine ones because of the poor transportation and storage conditions in Pakistan and India. One of the main reasons for this is that the price of this mineral is very expensive in the local markets of the two countries. As a result, only a limited number of manufacturers have the financial resources to export them.
In order to increase the production and demand of Himalayan salt, more effort should be made in mining the deposits located near the High Atlas Mountains. This would increase the number of suppliers and therefore facilitate the process of commercialization of the salt. In fact, there are several small-scale miners operating in the Punjab and northwest part of India. It was in the mid-nineteen eighties that a small-scale mine was established near the town of Koh Samui. Today, this village is known as Hanalei and is known for the fine quality salt mined from within its boundaries.
One of the main reasons why Himalayan salt has become so popular is that they impart a wonderful flavor to the food that is prepared with them. Most of the salt lamps today are powered by these small amounts of the mineral. Because the flavor of this mineral is so desirable, it is used in the cooking process in many ways including adding flavor to sauces and marinades and even being used as an ingredient in candies and desserts.
Although there are no direct competitors of salt in Pakistan and India, it is possible for a company in Pakistan to come up with a formula that could rival the unique flavor of Himalayan pink salt. However, even if such a product were developed, it would be a few years before it hit the shelves of grocery stores across Pakistan and India. Food producers in these two countries are hesitant to invest huge amounts of money into developing a formula that could easily surpass the unique flavor of this mineral. In the meantime, consumers in these two countries continue to enjoy the exquisite flavor of this mineral, which continues to increase in popularity in these two countries.
When comparing Himalayan salt with other minerals of similar hardness, there are some noticeable differences that reveal to the palate more of the subtle flavors associated with this product than any other mineral. The difference is most noticeable when salt is placed on just a very small fraction of rice. Even after just a single minute, the flavor of this salt becomes markedly different from that of regular table salt. In addition to this subtle difference in flavor, there is also a difference in the way the mineral has been used historically. Much of the Himalayan salt sold today is made by hand, and each piece is carefully hand-washed before it is packaged. This practice gives the salt its much-desired "old-world" quality, as it is produced by individuals who understand the true value of using only natural ingredients in their cooking.