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Gourmet Salt: 7 Different Kinds of Salt Explained

Friday, 06/16/2017 13:53
Any food fan will already know about gourmet salts and how the various crystals, colours and flavours are another level compared to the fine running table salt we keep on our counter tops.

The difficult decision is choosing between the different kinds of gourmet salt available and which will enhance our dish the most, whether meat, fish or vegetables.

Pink, grey or Balinese? Here’s a look at some of the world’s most particular gourmet salts you could have on chargrilled fiorentina, fresh grilled fish or roast root vegetables, as well as some you perhaps hadn't heard of.

1. Pink Himalayan Salt

Himalayan crystal salt, which is harvested from the mountains of Pakistan, is prized for its mineral content and health benefits. Its pale pink hue makes it easily recognizable and distinguishes it from other salt varietals. It also carries a heftier price tag than regular salt. Why?

Unlike table salt, which undergoes a chemical cleaning process to remove impurities, Himalayan crystal salt is a naturally occurring salt that contains 84 minerals. It is also rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus - elements necessary for good health - and contains traces of zinc, fluoride, iodine, selenium, copper and boron, as noted by Livestrong.

These characteristics in Himalayan crystal salt contribute to vascular health, promote a stable Ph balance, increase bone strength and promote kidney and gallbladder health among other things, according to the Global Healing Center. Additionally, the pink salt is used for removing toxins and pollutants from the body through mineral baths and other natural preparations.

Himalayan crystal salt can be used just like table salt to season your favorite foods. If you do splurge on this gourmet salt be sure to store it properly in a dark, dry place.

2. Grey Atlantic Salt

The distinctive coloured salt comes from the minerals absorbed from a particular type of clay usually found in the Brittany region of France. Its subtle, salty aftertaste that makes it popular with chefs and ideal for fish and meat dishes, or simply sprinkled over nuts or popcorn.

3. Hawaiian Pink Salt

With its particular shade coming from clay, this salt is ideal for roasted meats or grilled fish with its mellow and earthy notes. It’s perfect for being ground or crushed along with aromatic herbs.

4. Black Hawaiian Hiwa Kai Sea Salt

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Containing vegetable carbon, this salt has an effective depurative action in the digestive system. It’s perfect with fish and used often in haute cuisine for its decorative effect. There’s also a green Hawaiian salt, mixed with bamboo leaves, suitable for giving dishes a spicy aroma.

5. Smoked Yakima Sea Salt

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An integral sea salt from the Yakima region, in the state of Washington, famous for its apple orchards, whose wood is used to smoke the salt. Perfect for all kinds of grilling, especially pork and white meat. There are many kinds of smoked salt, with different aromas.

6. Maldon Salt

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The English salt that forms in flakes, much beloved by chefs – perfect for giving a dish a special touch: being a crystal, it slowly melts in your mouth and using it in cooking ensures contrasting effects. It works very well with soft consistencies and is particularly wonderful on chocolate.

7. Balinese Salt

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A flaked salt with an unusual pyramid shape that makes it totally unique in the world of salt. It comes from the Indian Ocean around the Indonesian island of Bali and is perfect for giving food both a savoury flavour as well as a nice touch of crunch.


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