Pink Himalayan Salt with Roses

Katherine Loffreto

Pink Himalayan Salt with Roses! Yes, it’s just as exotic as it sounds. This is one of those seasonings that immediately elicits a wow from your guests. They’ll certainly ask what you added, and when you show them your jar of beautiful pink gems, they’ll be thoroughly impressed! Let’s dive into what make the Pink Himalayan Salt with Roses so incredible.

Pink Himalayan Salt originates from the Kashmir region of India and the Punjab region of Pakistan. Its iron rich content lends this salt its pink color by means of oxidation. This high mineral content of this salt has made it a go-to for the healthy conscious. Local legend traces the discovery of the salt deposits to the army of Alexander the Great (around 300 BC) but the first records of mining are from the Janjua people in the 1200’s.

But that’s only half the combination – we can’t forget about the roses! Fragrant dried roses. The flowers hail from Pakistan and are intensely aromatic. Here in the states we don’t usually think of using flowers in our cooking, but in other parts of the world many different flowers are regularly used to flavor dishes. The flavor of rose is very much like its scent and although sweet, they are used as a flavoring to both sweet and savory dishes. As a treatment for lead poisoning from bullet wounds, Napoleon’s army would use rose petals boiled in white wine. Throughout the Arab world rose petals are in savory meals including stews, rice, roasts, couscous and fish. In India they are used in marinades, kormas and in Kheer (rice pudding). Rose petals can also be used to infuse syrups and sugars for making desserts and drinks.

So the question is… what does one do with a jar of Pink Himalayan Salt with Roses?! It’s a great question. We’re going to give you a couple of suggestions here, but we’re guessing that you’ll discover more yourself as you continue to use it! The aromatic rose petals make a tantalizing addition to game meats like duck, venison, and squab. Grate the salt over the roasted meats, or stir it into a sauce to accompany the final preparation. Another surprising but excellent combination comes in the form of seafood! Believe it or not, roses and seafood are a wonderful and memorable combo! Crush a tiny bit of this floral salt over oysters, scallop crudo, and slices of raw striped bass. Your taste buds will thank you!

Pink Himalayan Salt with Roses – a new and exciting ingredient! Grab some today and discover a whole new world of possibilities!

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