This is the photo of "Mithagare" from Shiroda.Sea water is collected in these rectangular blocks. In marathi, these blocks are called as Mithagare. Water evaporates and crystals of salt are left behind.In Shiroda,there are about 11 salt manufacturing units.Devi Mavali Devasthan,Ganeshprasad,Bhaskar,Narayan Prasad,Moro Bhimaji and Sakba Sabanis are private salt manufacturing units.Navar Desai,Dadasaheb,Junadesai,Durgabai,Satoram,Vithoji Ramacha and Vadacha are salt manufacturing units In Marathi, a Salt Pan is known as Mithagar. The natural way of extracting salt is through solar evaporation. According to howstuffworks.com, the Salt is harvested through solar evaporation from seawater, salt lakes or artificial ponds. The wind and the sun evaporate the water from shallow pools, leaving the salt behind. It is usually harvested once a year when the salt reaches a specific thickness. After harvest, the salt is washed, drained, cleaned and refined. This is the purest way to harvest salt, often resulting in nearly 100 percent sodium chloride .
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