St. Pete is a treasure trove of little gems known only to the locals. We are setting out to reveal some of these little secrets for those uninitiated with “the Burg”. From quaint glass stores, to craft beers, handmade soaps to our latest find; Sea Salt!

Surrounded by oceans, it’s no wonder that Maureen (Mo) Cacioppo, 35, has made a hobby of crafting homemade sea salt into a full time, thriving operation. Currently she has more than 16 flavors and has made a resolution to put out a new flavor each month. Our favorites so far are maple bacon, Siracha and Lime, though that list is sure to evolve!

We stumbled upon this gastronomic gold at a local farmer’s market and have been back to buy almost every flavor! There Maureen creates small-batches of salt by literally schlepping 5-gallon buckets of water from the ocean to her car and then home, where the magic begins. The process can take anywhere from 3 days to 2 months and is all done without bleaching agents, iodine, calcium silicate, sodium ferrocyanide or other anti-clumping agents. (Did you realize how many chemicals you were ingesting from those innocuous little salt shakers!) There are more than 80 mineral elements that your body craves provided in her all natural Pure Salt!

For more information about Florida Pure Sea Salt, go to The salt is sold online and at local retailers including Locale Market, Strands of Sunshine and farmers markets. Cacioppo hosts tastings often. The next tastings are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Williams Park Summer Market, 330 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, and from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 27 at Williams-Sonoma, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, (813) 353-0700.


PS: Some “Salty” Facts Provided on the Florida Pure Sea Salt Web Page:

  1. The word ‘salary’ comes from the Latin word for ‘salt’ not, as has often been thought, because Roman soldiers were paid in salt, but because they used to buy salt with the money they were paid.
  2. In Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural Speech May 10, 1994 he said, “Let there be justice for all.  Let there be peace for all.  Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
  3. Salt contains about 80 mineral elements that the body needs.
  4. Salt kills fleas.  If your dog or cat has brought fleas into the home, then lightly sprinkle salt over your carpets and leave it on for twelve hours and then vacuum it up.  This process will kill the fleas.
  5. Only 6% of the U.S. manufacturing of salt is used in food, the rest is used in industrial processes and over 15% is used to treat the streets every year to prevent against ice.
  6. Salt is essential to your body.   It is important for the functioning of your brain and your nervous system. A lack of salt can be fatal and, if you drink too much water you can actually flush the salt out of your system and cause a life threatening condition called Hyponatremia.
  7. Fruits and vegetables are nearly salt-free. This means that a vegetarian diet will eventually create an anemic condition and other salt-starvation diseases. That is why many vegetarians crave salty snack foods. Only when salt is added to fruits and vegetables can saliva and gastric secretions readily break down carbohydrates.
  8. Many large salt companies add flowing chemicals and anti-clumping chemicals to their salt to prevent moisture from being reabsorbed.  They also sometimes add bleach.  Florida Pure Sea Salt doesn’t add any of this to our process.  What you get from us is pure.
  9. According to a superstition, spilling salt can cause bad luck — an idea that may have originated with Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper,” which shows Judas knocking over a salt container.
  10. Salt will reverse sugar cravings.