the salt spectrum
Black salt is a staple of Indian cooking and Ayurvedic medicine (Kalustyan's; 212-685-3888). Maldon sea salt from England is flaky, not grainy (King Arthur Flour; 800-827-6836). At more than $20 a pound, French fleur de sel is the world's priciest salt (Mushroom Man; 800-945-3404). Table salt. Black salt, when it's broken into small pieces, looks pink. Kosher salt has more zing than table salt and is a mainstay of the FOOD & WINE test kitchen.
salt at the source
Salt is ubiquitous--but where does it come from? Salt farms around the globe, from Japan to Argentina, harvest the mineral from evaporated salt water. Salt mines tap into underground deposits left by ancient seas. There are salt mines as close to home as Louisiana and as far away as Africa.
Better Botanical's Indulge Dead Sea Bath Salts, are flecked with rose petals ($16 for 1 pound; 888-BBHERBS). Aveda's Soothing Aqua Therapy Bath Salts also plunder the Dead Sea for minerals ($25 for 1 pound; 800-328-0849).