Salt Connects Kitchens Around the World

Amber Gibson

A precious mineral. An ancient currency. A flavor enhancer and preservative. Salt’s importance throughout history can’t be underestimated. Salt routes connected civilizations, and the Chinese, Hebrews, Greeks, Egyptians and Romans all recognized the culinary and economic value of the universal mineral that’s a staple in every kitchen. Here are a few varieties to shake up your salt stash.

Black salt: Black Indian salt is dark red-purple and has many impurities...