The Trapani coastline boasts a picturesque landscape of shallow ponds, windmills and white pyramids of salt, turning pink as the sun sets. Every summer for thousands of years, this has been the backdrop to a ritual: the manual harvesting of the sea salt after seawater has evaporated from the large ponds. The harvesters are farmers who alternate growing melons and garlic with producing salt. As they collect the salt, it is piled up in pyramids near the basins, then crushed into various grades as required.
The salt is produced from July to September, but is available throughout the year.