When you step into your local Evoolution, the olive oils and balsamic vinegars catch your eye. Sleek bottles with colourful labels full of aromatic goodness are real attention grabbers. But beyond our extensive selection of oils and vinegars lies a hidden gem: Evoolution’s rich variety of gourmet salts.
Salt: The Essential Ingredient
Salt and humankind go way back. This iconic mineral has been used as a food preservative, a seasoning, a medicine, and even a currency! Salt is also a necessary part of our diets and is essential for maintaining our basic body functions. As such, our taste buds have evolved to be highly sensitive to it and to crave a salty sensation in our food.
“Without salt, agreeable tastes forfeit their prominence, and they are unable to prevent disagreeable tastes from asserting themselves.” – Hervé This, French chemist & gastronomist
This delicate balancing act of enhancing good flavours and masking bad ones is what makes salt such an important part of cuisine. By bringing out sweeter notes and tamping down the bitter ones, a little salt goes a long way in a delicious dish.
Everyone is familiar with sodium chloride, or good old table salt. And while your standard shaker of salt will get the job done, there is a dazzling array of different variations on this essential ingredient that can elevate your cooking.
Evoolution’s specialty salts allow you to adjust the texture and even the colour of salt in your food.
Maldon Flaked Sea Salt, from the east coast of England, has light, airy crystals that melt cleanly into roasts or fillets. Also a popular addition in breadmaking, flaky salts add a light crunch and polished look due to their crystalline pyramid structure.
Fleur de Sel Sea Salt, from the Guérande region of France, is a superb garnishing salt that adds a subtle texture and flavour to finished dishes. The traditional method of harvesting this salt using wooden rakes ensures that the delicate crystals are not damaged during the slow and deliberate process.
Himalayan Pink Salt, gathered in the Himalayan mountains of Pakistan, provides a pink hue to finished foods and has a pronounced crunchy crystal mouthfeel. This rosy salt can be ground finely or left as larger crystals depending on the dish.
Adding smokiness to foods is a delicate process. Evoolution’s smoked sea salts are cold smoked to ensure an authentic smoky flavour for your dishes.
Salt is a fantastic vehicle for adding hints of other flavours to your food. Evoolution’s selection of infused sea salt includes those with citrus, chilies, and herbs to up your seasoning game.
Black Truffle Salt
You may already be familiar with our Black Truffle Sea Salt, as this decadent salt is a staple at every Evoolution location. Made with real black truffles, this gourmet salt provides a rich, earthy flavour that complements pasta, potatoes, and of course, popcorn. A little goes a long way for this sea salt, so use sparingly!
If you’ve enjoyed Evoolution’s premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars, why not try out our specialty salts? Click below to watch some of our favourite ways to accent your recipes with gourmet salts!