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Kume islanders cash in with abundance of natural salt

Date Posted: 2003-09-13

Not all people are unhappy with the lack of rain. Some Kume Island residents have discovered that because there has been no rain, they now have a ready supply of natural salt. Normally rain would wash away salt that forms when tide puddles dry up under the hot sun during low tide. Such natural salt is much sought after in specialty stores, as it is believed to be much healthier than salt produced in other ways. It is also priced accordingly.

Several residents are taking advantage of the phenomena, and collect salt for sale. “It looks like small ice cubes. It is quite unusual to see so many salt puddles. We see similar salt producing puddles every two or three years, but this year the puddles are much larger and the amount of salt is also larger than usual. We are very lucky indeed,” a woman collecting salt on the beach said.

Another elderly woman collecting salt said that making salt used to be hard job. “Long time ago we had to make natural salt by carrying seawater to large shallow pools on land. It was very hard job. But now dry weather makes salt naturally, isn’t nature wonderful,” she beamed.

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