“Salt of the earth” is a phrase that is used to describe any simple, good person
The word “salary” comes from solarium, the pay Roman soldiers received for the purchase of salt.
Salt is the only edible rock.
In Iran, to break an oath is to be “untrue to salt.”
Many American roadways began as paths blazed by buffalo traveling to natural salt licks.
During the Middle Ages the size of the salt cellar indicated the wealth of a household.
A salt tax called the gabelle led to the French Revolution.
In small amounts, salt makes sweet foods taste sweeter.
In ancient Greece, slaves were traded for salt — hence the expression “not worth his salt.”
It is customary in some cultures to bring gifts of salt, bread, and wine when invited to a wedding or house warming. Salt to remind them their lives may be difficult at times; bread so that they will never be hungry or in need; wine so that they will never thirst but have a life of good health, good cheer and good friends.
The first 7 factoids on this page come from the packaging for Alton Brown’s salt cellar.
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