Black salts are one of the most unique gourmet salts on the market, sourced from different corners of the earth, and each with their own distinct characteristics. Their bold flavours and dramatic colours make them perfect use as finishing salts, drink rimmers, and on food with contrasting colours. They can turn any ordinary dish into a complex taste sensation, or the most plain-looking meal into an extraordinary visual feast. Besides the well known iodised table salt, there's a whole world out there to explore. And one of the most alluring characters you should consider getting to know a little better is black salt.
Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice by weight. The saffron threads are the whole stigmas from the purple-flowered crocus. Its golden color can be imitated by cheaper spices such as safflower and turmeric. Saffron’s rich and delicate flavor is unable to be imitated. Saffron is widely used to color and flavor dishes in a variety of cuisines, including saffron rice, biryani, paella, risottos, and bouillabaisse.
Porcini mushrooms are a wild and meaty mushroom with a rich taste and woodsy flavor. These mushrooms actually produce their best flavor when dried. They also have a high protein content, great as a meat substitute for vegetarian dishes.
Sichuan Pepper is an oriental fruit grown on a small ash tree native to the Sichuan province of China. Even though it is called pepper, it is not a true pepper and is not related to black peppercorns, which are from India. The berries have a warm peppery fragrance, with citrus notes & a clean fresh aftertaste leaving a slightly numbing sensation on the tongue. It is the outer husk that has all the flavour, the internal hard black seed is edible but can add a bitter taste. It is a key ingredient in Chinese cuisine and used in some Asian recipes. It is used in our chilli sichuan salt and calamari salt and pepper blends.
Black Pepper is picked from the flowering vine of the peppercorn plant and is the most pungent and flavoursome variety of Pepper. Black peppercorns are picked green and then dried to 12% moisture content. When ground, its grey in colour as the seed inside is white. It has a woody flavour with a spicy heat and it is used in all cultures and types of cuisine especially in Moroccan and Middle East cooking. Pepper is used in all cultures and all types of cuisine. Also, it is known for improving digestion.
Green Peppercorns are the unripe berries picked green from the peppercorn plant, it is the same vine that produces the black pepper. Green peppercorns are subtler in flavour than black peppercorns but have a distinct fresh hot bite. They can be used in many savory dishes and are tend to be used more for terrines, pates, or rich food like pork & duck. It is also used as a garnish and in the pepper mill mix.
White Pepper is black pepper that has been soaked to remove the outer husk. It is hotter and less fragrant than black pepper. It is one of the most versatile spices, particularly used in European cooking so as to not blemish creamy white sauces with black specs of pepper.