Salt from The 50 Most Important Inventions (and Discoveries) in Food and Drink

The 50 Most Important Inventions (and Discoveries) in Food and Drink

Mark Bitterman and Jennifer Martiné
Slide 1 of 50
Salt

It was there all the time, of course, in rocks, in the ocean, in us… Our early ancestors must have noticed the pleasant tang of seawater, and maybe the way it preserved the dead things that floated in it, and at some point — at least 8,000 years ago but probably earlier — they figured out how to extract the salt. The next thing anybody knew, the salt trade and salt taxes were changing history; we were eating salads and collecting salaries; our food lasted longer and tasted better, and our blood pressure was through the roof.