The Story of Laesoe Saltworks
Laesoe Salt was established in 1991 as a historical workshop for unemployed young people form the Laesoe Production School.
The origin was a series of archeological excavations on Laesoe where the remains of some Middle Age saltworks were found. By 2004 the Saltworks of Laesoe hit break even economically and was able to offer steady jobs thus rendering the purpose of the Production School.
Since 2005 Laesoe Salt has been a limited company owned by the Laesoe Foundation. The stocks are none negotiable and the Foundation was established as a commercial foundation with the purpose of managing Laesoe Salt Ltd and Laesoe Spas. The ever present mayor of Laesoe is chairman of the Laesoe Foundation.
“I won’t say that Laesoe Salt is the world’s best salt. But there is no doubt whatsoever, that Laesoe Salt is world class!“
The Salt around Laesoe
Laesoe Salt is made by seething – a process where the saline ground water is heated in large iron pans until the salt crystalises. Laesoe Salt consists of the salt itself and a series of minerals that help create the unique taste making Laesoe Salt a highly valued gastronomic spice.
The sea water around Laesoe only holds 2 percent salt but the ground water on Roennerne can contain up to as much as 14 percent salt, and then it it is possible to maintain a production on evaporating the water. This method has been used since the middle ages.
Salt making by seething was stopped by a royal decree in the 16th century; the salt making had cleared Laesoe of all forrests. More than 300 years should pass until forrests by a larger scale was replanted on Laesoe. In 1991 the salt making was reconstructed on Laesoe as a combination of archeological research and municipal employment project.
Laesoe Salt buys its firewood locally. When driving on the main road between Vesteroe and Byrum you’ll se large firewood piles just outside Byrum. The piles will dry for about a year and a half before it is delivered at the saltworks.
Nowadays Laesoe houses large forrests where enourmous amounts of firewood and wooden chips can be harvested. At present we only harvest from the growth accumulating to more than 25.000 cubic meters of wood every year.