A Rainbow of Salt

8 unique salts to know


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A Rainbow of Salt Planet earth produces an awe-inspiring array of natural, edible salts from the purest white, so jewel-like it shimmers; blushing pinks from deep below the Himalayas; or rich, dark black. Humans collect them, cut, flake or grind them, perhaps smoke or infuse them, package them up and make them available for sale to chefs and home cooks to play with.

“Do I have to get rid of my salt shaker?” No, it’s your kitchen and you can season it however you’d like. However, have a rainbow of salts at your fingertips and you’ll be giving that white plastic cylinder its final shake.

All salts that are derived from briny water are essentially produced the same way: the water is heated, the liquid H2O evaporates, leaving the NaCl and other trace components behind. (That’s sodium chloride, for you non-chemistry buffs.)

Photo courtesy The Great Salt War

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  • Snooth User: Rob Roy
    509316 12

    Fleur de Sel literally translates as "Flower of Salt". Flower of the Sea in French would be literally "Flower de Mer".

    Jul 26, 2011 at 1:18 PM

  • What a type! You are absolutely right. Ms. Crecca, my longtime french teacher would deny knowing me at this moment. Thanks for the feedback!

    Jul 31, 2011 at 6:04 PM

  • Ugh. What a type-O. What a typo. If I know anything, I know I'm not good at everything :-)

    Jul 31, 2011 at 6:50 PM

  • Snooth User: Hana Choi
    Hand of Snooth
    803609 935

    Thanks for the catch @Rob Roy - it's been updated!

    Aug 01, 2011 at 9:38 AM

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