A new salt arrives from a South African desert
If you’re interested in artisan finishing salts, there are plenty of choices in white, pink, black, pale gray and blue – harvested from regions around the world. Recently, a new salt has become available in the United States – Oryx Desert Salt. The sun-dried salt is harvested from a 20-square-mile remote salt pan, or salt flat, in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert, formed by an ancient, stream-fed underground salt lake. Pure and unprocessed, and rich in minerals, with no additives, the translucent white crystals have an exceptionally sweet yet full and fresh brackish flavor. Samantha Skyring from Cape Town, South Africa, founded the company over a decade ago, inspired by a trip she had taken there years before. During her hike, she encountered oryx gazelles, a type of antelope with long, pointed horns. The animal, she learned, can survive for months without water but cannot go long without licking salt – hence the name of her business. Skyring sells its salt in Europe and widely in its country, mainly to chefs (8.8 ounces, $7.99 to $8.25; 3.2 ounces in a grinder, $6.99). In addition to coarse salt, she added smoked salt and wine in refillable grinders and Madagascar black pepper from small farmers. The company donates part of its profits to the Khomani San and Mier, indigenous communities living in the Kalahari. Available at Whole Foods Market stores and amazon.com.
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