The term Hawaiian sea salt describes both a style of salt and the land where the salt is made.
Alae salt, sometimes referred to as Hawaiian salt, is an unrefined sea salt that has been mixed with a red alae volcanic clay. It get its pink and brownish color from the particles of volcanic red clay.
It is part of Native Hawaiian cuisine and is used to season dishes such as kalua, poke (food), and pipikaula (Hawaiian jerky). It was also used to cleanse, purify and bless tools, canoes, homes and temples. Native Hawaiians held alaea clay to be sacred and combined it with salt for religious cleansing and healing practices.
The salt gets its pinkish-brown color from Hawaiian clay, called alae, which is rich in iron oxide.
Using Hawaiian red or black salt is a simple way to add a vibrant pop of color and crunch to your meals.
Both salts are perfect as a finishing touch for seafood, fruit salsas and tender pork.