Look! An Intriguing Ingredient From Djibouti

Look! An Intriguing Ingredient From Djibouti

Emily Han
Nov 5, 2010

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.

Have you ever used these?

Places to buy:
The Meadow
Salt Traders
Terre Exotique

Related: Sea Salt. Kosher Salt. Crazy Expensive Salt: What's the Deal?

(Image: The Meadow)

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