Flavored and Colored Salts

Appears in
On Food and Cooking

By Harold McGee

Published 2004

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In addition to providing its own saltiness, salt is sometimes turned into a carrier for other flavors and for decorative colors. Examples of flavored salts include celery salt with ground celery seeds, garlic salt with dehydrated garlic granules, and the smoked and roasted salts found in Wales, Denmark, and Korea. The “black salt” of India, more of a gray-pink when ground, is an unrefined mixture of minerals with a sulfurous smell. Black and red Hawaiian salts are made by mixing ordinary sea salt with finely ground lava, clay, or coral.