We recently came across this intriguing ingredient from the African country of Djibouti. Do you know what it is? It's salt! Apparently these salt pearls, which are formed naturally at the shores of Djibouti's Lake Assal, can get up to the size of a softball!
That's probably more salt than you'd want to use on your dinner plate, but we've read that you can crush the spheres in a salt mill or use a grater, or drop one into a dish while cooking. They'd also make a good conversation piece in a table setting. We're curious to try them to see what the flavor is like.
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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