The rock, a sheet of igneous rock that rises from the Himalayan mountain range, is considered to be the second most precious rock on earth after diamonds. Its extracted from the bottom of the mountain, because the rock can be quite reactive, but today its only the top, or profundum, layer thats used in jewelry and other items. The lower layers have to be ground before theyre refined and cant be used in jewelry.
One of the differentiating features of this salt is that the banding patterns and crystal structures are arranged in different directions in the body of the rock. In fact, as the rock is heated again, the crystals rearrange themselves again, creating a unique pattern of stripes on the rock that cannot be found anywhere else.
Pink Himalayan salt, one of the purest forms of the mineral that can be found on the earth, is a major component in Himalayan salt shakers and salt lamps. Though the quality of the mineral and its high purity has earned it its own name, its also used as a topping for other types of desserts.
Because the rock is so pure, its used in the creation of salt lamps, which are a type of container that has a small amount of salt. The salt in the lamp stays liquid in the bottom of the container, with a few crystals at the top, where a light will naturally shine through and be reflected back to the user in the form of a brilliant light.
The thin crystalline banding patterns of the rock were created by a geological process called bump assimilation. The process was discovered several decades ago by nature lovers who wanted to explore the possibility of making the mineral even more pure. They studied the rock by hand, carefully using scientific equipment to create bands in the rock that indicated the location of minerals in the rock.
From these bands, they were able to see where the cool rocks were and how it might affect their experiments. This helped them determine the size of the crystals in each piece of rock, and then they began refining the minerals in each rock according to their discovery. The larger the crystals were, the more pure the rock was, and when the crystals were too big, they would simply fall off the rock.
Once the rocks were allowed to cool down, they could be cut into solid pieces. Because the crystals were so large, the rock took the most energy to heat up, and once the crystals were melted and finally set on the surface, it was a very uniform appearance, compared to crystals that were cut more irregularly.
Because of the number of crystals that were collected, the whole process took quite a while to complete. Its amazing, though, that the quality of the crystals made using this process is so flawless.
Himalayan salt is used in the melting process, but it has to be purified first before it can be re-used. Every part of the rock is individually tested for impurities, and when all is said and done, the melt is prepared in small batches, which only makes a few thousand pounds of salt.
The salt is melted in a double-action furnace, and the goal is to keep it pure until it reaches the glass it will be used in. Its only after it is melted that the salts are then cut into blocks for use.
Himalayan salt is sold as pure as it can be, and many people who like to collect things that are not necessarily used in their daily lives prefer to have some Himalayan salt. When it comes to salt and ice cream, however, its only the bottom of the rock that will be used to make the garnish.
As one who loves nothing more than to indulge his love of the Himalayan salt and the light it produces, I cannot recommend it highly enough. The rock is wonderfully useful in many ways, and its a beautiful gift to anyone who likes to cook.