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The importance of salt in the Middle Ages

Certainly, today salt is an important good, but in the Middle Ages the "White Gold" were used in many other ways. In addition to the fact, that it were used as a condiment, it have had more importance as preservative. Without the possibility of cooling the food, the people could only salted the fish and the meat for conservating them in the summer months.

In general there were only three methods of salt production; with salt-water, by mine-related activities and by converting of salted brines at special saltines.

Because of the geological conditions not so many regions had an access to salt, so the precious mineral were transported over long-distances to the citites. It were one of the important goods of the Middle Ages.