Fleur de sel in Castro Marim - Algarve

Portuguese Snow – version 2

Right next to the border with Spain, there’s this quaint little town called Castro Marim. It has an old castle and fortress, a very good restaurant (maybe more than one, but I know one) and a beautiful Natural Park.

I went there a few weeks ago with my grandparents and friends and we walked along the salt pans. There you can see the birds, the donkeys and how one of the best salt in the world is harvested. Here at Casa aOrta we cook with the fleur de sel from Castro Marim – package developed in the TASA project, where experienced artisans and young designers from Algarve collaborated to create traditionally inspired objects.

Fleur de sel is sea salt harvested in some specific conditions and it’s completely natural (has no processing whatsoever), therefore it’s rich in minerals and other nutrients. The whole process is still “very handmade” and takes place in June.

 

The fleur de sel we use in Casa aOrta

The fleur de sel we use in Casa aOrta

 

Grandma walking along the olive trees - Castro Marim, Algarve

Grandma walking along the olive trees – Castro Marim, Algarve

 

Now, check out how the salt does look a lot like the snow:

Fleur de sel in Castro Marim - Algarve

Fleur de sel in Castro Marim – Algarve

sea salt looks like snow - melting stage - Castro Marim, Algarve

sea salt looks like snow – here it looks like that melting stage, when it gets mixed with dirt

sea salt looks like snow - Castro Marim, Algarve

sea salt looks like snow – Salt pan looks like a frozen lake – Castro Marim, Algarve

 

And, like in Faro, and other salt pans, you can find a big variety of birds.

We woke up the flamingos - Castro Marim, Algarve

We woke up the flamingos – Castro Marim, Algarve

Donkey near salt pans - Castro Marim, Algarve

Donkey near salt pans – Castro Marim, Algarve

Gadwall and mallard in salt pans, Castro Marim, Algarve

Gadwall and mallard in salt pans, Castro Marim, Algarve

Gadwall landing in water - Castro Marim, Algarve

Gadwall landing in water – salt pans in Castro Marim, Algarve

 

Great cormorant in salt pan - Castro Marim, Algarve

Great cormorant in salt pan – Castro Marim, Algarve

Bar-tailed godwit in salt pan - Castro Marim, Algarve

Bar-tailed godwit in salt pan – Castro Marim, Algarve

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