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SALTS & PEPPERS TRIVIA
Salt & pepper, these two humble seasonings have been essential staples in kitchens around the world for centuries, enhancing the flavor of countless dishes and adding a touch of magic to our meals. Let's journey through time to explore the history and origins of these culinary gems.
Salt, often referred to as "the white gold," has a history as rich and diverse as the cultures that have used it. Its origins can be traced back to ancient times when it was harvested from salt mines or obtained by evaporating seawater. In fact, salt was so valuable in certain societies that it was used as a form of currency, leading to the word "salary" originating from the Latin term "salarium," which was a payment made to Roman soldiers to purchase salt.
Salt is undoubtedly one of the most versatile seasonings in the culinary world. Its primary use is to enhance the flavors of dishes, bringing out the natural taste of ingredients. Beyond the kitchen, salt has surprising applications, like cleaning stubborn stains or reviving wilted vegetables. It's also used in homemade beauty treatments for exfoliating and soothing skin, showcasing its versatility beyond the dining table.
Pepper, on the other hand, has equally intriguing origins. Known as the "king of spices," pepper was highly coveted in the ancient world. Its journey began in the lush hills of India, where black pepper was first cultivated. Pepper was so valuable that it was often used as a form of currency, traded across vast distances along the historic spice routes. It eventually found its way into the kitchens of Europe and became a symbol of luxury and refinement.
Pepper, often regarded as the king of spices, adds a unique zing to dishes. Its main use is to provide a gentle heat and depth of flavor to various cuisines, making it an essential component of spice blends worldwide. Surprisingly, pepper can be used beyond seasoning food. It's a natural insect repellent, keeping ants and other pests at bay. Additionally, the coarsely ground variety can be mixed with a bit of oil and applied as a massage paste to ease sore muscles and promote relaxation. These unexpected uses highlight pepper's remarkable versatility both in and out of the kitchen.
Salt & Pepper combined
The combination of salt and pepper is a culinary marriage made in heaven. The two seasonings complement each other beautifully, with salt enhancing the natural flavors of food and pepper, adding a gentle heat and complexity. This iconic pairing became so popular that it led to the creation of the salt and pepper shaker, a tabletop staple found in restaurants and homes worldwide.
2. THE SALTS
Flake Sea Salt
This crystal flake Mediterranean sea salt gets its signature pyramid shape through the all-natural evaporation of sea water. Delicate and crunchy, this gourmet flake salt provides a mild flavour that can be used on almost any dish.
Lemon Rosemary Salt
A delicate sea salt infused with lemon zest, rosemary, and garlic. This sea salt adds garden-fresh flavour to any meal and adds a citrus twist to classic entrees.
Smoked Alderwood Salt
The ancient process of slowly smoking sea salt above a Northwest Red Alder wood fire yields a complex-tasting sea salt, without harshness or bitterness. An authentic and clean smoky flavour for a memorable meal!
Hawaiian Black Salt
An exotic, versatile artisanal sea salt from the Pacific Ocean made with activated charcoal from Hawaiian coconut shells. Rich in salinity and jet black in colour, these crunchy grains are a dramatic and sultry way to finish any dish, from trail mixes and roasted nuts to BBQ sauces and rubs.
Hawaiian Red Salt
This salt’s mesmerising colour is all natural, first discovered when the red volcanic clay of sunny Kauai mixed with local tide pools during a heavy rain. Now used in a number of traditional Hawaiian dishes, Alaea has a mellow flavour that pairs well with many different meals, especially soups and stews.
Pink Himalayan Salt
One of the finest salts available, this rose-coloured salt can be found both in and outside of the kitchen, including in natural medicine and cosmetics.Pink Himalayan Salt will pair well with just about anything that comes from the sea!
3. THE PEPPERS
Known as the ‘king of spices’, white pepper might come from the same plant as traditional black pepper, but a longer ripening time means a subtler flavour than its sibling. This spice is a staple of Vietnamese, Swedish, Chinese, and French cuisines, and is often used as a garnish after cooking.
These small green peppercorns are a traditional Japanese spice commonly used to flavour grilled chicken and seafood. Their vibrant, lemony flavour finishes with an unusual tingling sensation.
This large, complex, and aromatic peppercorn from the Malabar Coast in the southwest region of India is an excellent addition to your pepper mill. Sometimes referred to as black gold, Tellicherry peppers are a tasty intensifier for meats, stews, and soups.
Smoked Black Pepper
Used around the world as a pungent, spicy heating agent for food, the hickory-smoked black pepper is characterised by hints of citrus and wood. They can be used whole in stews, soups, stocks, and pickles.
This South American Christmas berry is known for its uncommonly tart, somewhat fruity flavour, finishing with a slightly sweet aftertaste. This spice is a wonderful complement to fruit sauces, vinaigrettes, and herbal syrups.
An aromatic, not-very-hot pepper with a numbing property known in China as ‘ma’. These peppercorns can be eaten whole or ground into a powder, and are an essential ingredient in many Sichuan dishes.