Jaén is the Andalusian province with the largest number of salt-based heritage in the Spanish State and the European continent. Jaén is the land of spring salt flats and we could be attending to his disappearance, only us. "If you do not get immediate remedy we would be attending the last years of physical existence of the salt flats in the province of Jaén." from Salinas Don Diego We are trying to make this statement unconfirmed. We keep our Salinas with our know-how inherited from our parents, Great salt and unique masters of the province of Jaén; Diego López Jiménez and Ursula Pérez Bolaños. Salinas Don Diego keeps his salt flats alive, being the only family in the province of Jaén that continues to bet on carrying out his artisanal salt activity in order not to disappear forgetting. From Salinas Don Diego We Fight day by day for survival in a sustainable way, with rational saline exploitation and under the teachings of our teachers, with a Iberian-Roman ancestral generational draught. Trying to keep our Salinas as hard as they were hundreds of years ago. The Salinas de Interior of the province of Jaén is a patrimony condemned to the disappearance that the family of Salinas Don Diego is preventing so it is.
"Eat you salt of spring of Salinas Don Diego, help yourself and help us to stay alive"
The spring salt mines from which these unique salts come are the only Iberian salt mines that have survived to this day. This has been thanks to a salt generation tradition that has been passed from parents to children and that has remained unchanged in its artisanal production system, sustainable and respectful with the environment. Salt-making masters from Don Diego salt mines have worked for generations in the management and maintenance of the intangible heritage of the interior salt mines.
Salinas spring of Salinas Don Diego, have their origin in a sea that goes back to 200 million years ago, during the Late Triassic. In those times, the western half of the Iberian Peninsula was covered by the Sea Keuper or also called Sea Tethys. This one, underwent cyclical processes of evaporation and re-flooding, so that it was forming a thick saline layer on the ground. Tectonic movements ended up removing this thick layer, which was fragmented and in the subsoil. In this thick fragmented layer is the origin of the indoor natural salt mines from which salts of Don Diego salt mines are extracted.