Salts of the Earth

Salts of the Earth

Salts of the Earth
Whether mined from deep inside the earth or skimmed from the surface of the sea, salt brings the flavor of a place home with you. Matt Lee and Ted Lee serve up eight of the finest, from Hawaii to the Himalayas

AUSTRALIA
Murray River Pink Salt Melt-in-your-mouth crystals, from the waters of the continent’s largest river, have an appetizing mineral tang and a pale apricot hue. 800/596-0885; www.chefshop.com; $8 for 4 oz.

FRANCE
Le Trésor Fumée de Sel Chardonnay Fragrant and appealingly crunchy, these sand-colored crystals are smoked over retired Chardonnay-aging barrels. 408/354-8281; www.gourmetsleuth.com; $20 for 7.4 oz.

DENMARK
Viking-Smoked Sea Salt Deeply peaty, luminous brown grains are imbued with a wood-smoked flavor. 800/641-7258; www.salttraders.com; $24 for 4 oz.

INDIA
Kala Namak Black Salt Powdery, pinkish-black salt has an eggy taste prized in Indian snacks called chaat. 562/468-0149; www.faeriesfinest.com; $9 for 9.5 oz.

PERU
Mountain Spring Pink Salt Blushing-pink, variegated grains deliver an assertive saltiness and notes of citrus. 800/353-7258; www.artisansalt.com; $15 for 6.5 oz.

HAWAII
Red Alaea Salt This sea salt gets its hue—ranging from orange to dark burgundy—from clay that lines the tidal pools where it is harvested. 800/522-8505; www.nirmalaskitchen.com; $11 for 4 oz.

PAKISTAN
Himalania Pink Salt Pebbly, coarse grains of this rose-speckled crystal are taken from a 25-million-year-old Jurassic-era seabed in the Himalayas. 800/353-7258; www.saltworks.us; $12 for 12.8 oz.

BALI
Big Tree Farms Coarse Kechil Crisp, glittering, pyramid-shaped crystals are panned on black-sand beaches from Indian Ocean seawater. 877/446-8763; www.igourmet.com; $7 for 8.5 oz.

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