Sea salt is the common term for unrefined natural salt derived directly from a living ocean or sea. It is harvested by collecting ocean water into large, shallow clay trays or other receptacles and allowing the sun and wind to evaporate it naturally. While all salts are sodium chloride, there is a night-and-day difference between the flavor of sea salts, which are an artisan product, and common table salt. Because each body of water has different amounts of trace minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and iodine, sea salts will look and taste different from each other. Nothing compares to a high quality natural hand crafted gourmet sea salt when enhancing the flavor of any dish.