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

Matt Lee and Ted Lee
April 09, 2009

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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