It's Escapes Month, and we're thinking about our favorite edible souvenirs. One of the foods we like to acquire on our travels (or have others bring home to us!) is salt. Not only is salt easy to pack and carry but, due to its lasting quality, it continues to remind us of beloved, faraway places long after we have returned home. Here at The Kitchn, we have acquired pink rock salt in Japan, Maldon crystal salt and Cornish sea salt in England, and Fleur de Sel de Guérande in France. When we dream of places to travel, we also think of picking up bamboo-smoked salt in Korea, black salt in India, and salts flavored with regional herbs and spices. The different colors, textures, and tastes of these salts help us recreate dishes we had on our travels or, long after the vacation is over, give us something fun to experiment with in our kitchens.
Of course, nowadays you don't even have to travel to sample salts from around the world. Here are a few international salt purveyors. These sites are also good places to look if you're planning a trip and want to know about local salts to keep an eye out for. • Artisan Salt Company • SaltWorks • Salt Traders • The Meadow
Have you picked up any interesting salts on your travels or at specialty markets?
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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