Desert Salt From The Kalahari
In July 2000 Samantha Skyring, Oryx Desert Salt’s CEO, walked 120km / 7 days through the Namib Desert from Hartmans Valley along the Kunene River to reach the Skeleton Coast. She had several powerful and incredible face to face encounters with Oryx Gazella (gemsbok).
When she was creating the brand for desert salt from the Kalahari, it was her Oryx experiences that immediately sprang to mind. Sam did some research and discovered that the Oryx Gazella can apparently go up to two years without water, but not 2 months without licking salt for the sodium chloride, minerals and trace elements vital for its survival in the harsh conditions of the Kalahari Desert.
In early 2014, Grant Rushmere from Bos Iced Tea conceptualised and helped us create the new branding for Oryx Desert Salt from which emerged our striking new look.
Oryx Desert Salt is a natural, crystal-white salt – unrefined, sun-dried, and free from additives and preservatives. This salt contains the essential, natural minerals and trace elements, in the correct balance, for your body to absorb and utilise for optimal functioning, vitality and health.
It is harvested in a sustainable manner from a remote and pristine area of the vast Kalahari Desert in South Africa. Here, salt water from an ancient underground lake, fed by subterranean streams, is laid to rest on a pan, sun-dried and harvested. Oryx Desert Salt is committed to supplying an ethically harvested, sustainable and renewable desert salt that has an exceptional taste, and enriches the flavour of your food.
THE 6 REASONS THAT MAKE ORYX DESERT SALT UNIQUE AND SPECIAL
100% PURE, CRYSTAL-WHITE, NATURAL DESERT SALT.
Just as it existed when traded ounce for ounce for gold eight thousand years ago. We add nothing and we take nothing away.
SUNDRIED, UNREFINED, NO ADDITIVES
As nature intended – no additives, no anti-clumping agents, no preservatives. Dried by the hot African desert sun. Unrefined and unprocessed. The underground brine lake is 100% saturated, so it takes only 4 weeks for the salt to crystalise in our main harvest season in summer when the temperatures reach up to 47o.
FROM AN ANCIENT & PRISTINE SOURCE
The ancient Dwyka rock formations, through which the underground streams flow, are geo-scientifically tested to be 250-300 million years old. The 50km2 salt pan is situated in the Kalahari Desert of 900,000km2, inside the Kalahari Basin which spans an area of 2.5 million km². 50km’s south of Botswana and +-250km north of Upington. A remote, pristine and beautiful area. The name KALAHARI is derived from the Tswana word Kgalagadi, meaning ‘the great thirst’.
CONTAINS VITAL MINERALS & TRACE ELEMENTS
Oryx Desert Salt has all the essential minerals and trace elements that exist naturally in salt, including magnesium, zinc and potassium. It provides your body with the correct balance of these minerals, as nature intended, so they can be utilised and absorbed for optimal vitality and health. “Salt imbalances can make us very ill. We need to embrace the ‘salt of the earth’ in order to replace vital minerals.”- Sue Visser, Health Researcher, Nature Fresh
LOVED BY INTERNATIONAL CHEFS
Oryx Desert Salt has a unique and exceptional taste, which enhances and enriches the flavour of your food. Chefs from around the world taste the difference. “It’s the only salt I use. It really has a fantastic flavour. In comparative tastings, the difference is immediately noticeable, and it fits in with my philosophy: to close borders, to remain local.” – Margot Janse, Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek. “ORYX salt is a great food salt. I use it as a salt on a day to day basis, as well as a finishing salt. The salt is everything I look for when it comes to flavour.” – Craig Cormack, Sofia’s at Morgenster Estate, Somerset West.
“I use this salt because I find that the flavour of the final product is better. Salt is a critical part of the curing process and the amount used is very precise in order to prevent the product from spoiling. With ORYX desert SALT I don’t have to worry about the salt overpowering the flavour of the meat. I don’t use less but end up with a better product. I was using sea salt previously but prefer the flavour of the mineral salt.” – Richard Bosman – Richard Bosman charcuterie
SUSTAINABLE & RENEWABLE
The underground streams converge and replenish an ancient underground lake of 55million tons from which the salt water is pumped, laid on the pan under the hot Kalahari sun and sun-dried. This process lives in harmony with the natural rainfall and the surrounding environment. We only extract what nature provides.
Grinder bottles have information printed directly on the glass so they can be kept clean and don’t need to be replaced. Our new grinder heads have a ceramic mechanism for long lasting use. So far they have been tested up to 10 refills and they still grind smoothly.
The pure cotton bags are packed in recyclable polyprop bags.
REUSE / RECYCLE
- marble bags
- trump cards bag
- small puzzle bags