Known historically for its salt production since the Phoenician time, Anfeh, a beautiful coastal village in North Lebanon had revived its sea salt production by installing traditional sea wind wheels along its shore.
Locally known as Dawalib el Ba7er, the wind wheels were used to pump sea water to the sea ponds. In the last 20 years, those wind wheels were replaced with electrical pumps and most of the sea wind wheels were removed.
Since the earliest Phoenician records, salt ponds existed on the rocky shores of Anfeh. The great traders carved ponds in the seaside rocks and carried sea water to these ponds, or salinas, in large pottery jars.
The production of sea salt is a staple of the local economy. “White gold”, as it is called, salt provides an unlimited natural resource which can thus be obtained without endangering the environment.