Persian blue salt, coarse 2-4 mm
Persian blue salt is also known as indigo salt, Semnan blue salt or Persian rock salt. It is a rock salt, which fascinates by its extraordinary color when viewed. The shimmering blue inclusions vary from a light blue reminiscent of Aquamarine to a strong and dark hue known from sapphires.
Origin of Persian blue salt
Persian blue salt, as the name suggests, comes from Persia. It is mined in mines in the Dascht-e Lut desert, located in Semnan Province in northern Iran. The area is one of the hottest regions on earth and temperatures between 50 and 60°C are not uncommon. The highest ground temperature of more than 70° C ever measured was also shown here.
What distinguishes Persian blue salt from commercial table salt?
Blue salt is extremely rare and therefore much more expensive than normal salt. It does not occur in huge blocks of salt, but only in about 20 to 30 cm wide bands, which pass through the salt sticks in Semnan. These narrow layers were created over millions of years by the pressure and tectonic displacement of the earth's plates. The structure of the crystal lattices of the salt changed. The light is then broken in a very specific way and therefore appears to the viewer in a blue tone. These changes can also create yellow, pink, grey and white shades. The extraction of blue salt is much more complex than that of normal salt, because for one kilogram of it approximately 100 kg of salt have to be broken down. Everyone from school knows that table salt is the chemical compound sodium chloride. The Persian blue salt, on the other hand, also has a high content of potassium chloride, the Hologeid Sylvin.
How does the blue salt taste and how is it used?
The taste is intensely salty and the finish produces a slightly sour touch and a pleasant seasoning, for which the potassium is responsible. Blue salt is used like normal salt and the quantity is also a matter of personal taste. It goes well with fish and meat dishes, seafood, potatoes, salads and vegetables. However, since the effect is mainly an optical one, many chefs use it either as "finishing" salt just before serving or as table salt. Blue salt is a beautiful eye-catcher on a laid table in a transparent mill or in an attractive bowl. The bluish grains also become an absolute highlight as decoration on prepared plates or as a border on glasses with delicious cocktails. The coarse grain of this exclusive spice is ideal for seasoning with a salt mill at the table. Thus, the salt grains are preserved as a whole and dissolve only on the tongue or on the palate with a tingling. There the special taste unfolds. Due to its high potassium content, it also acts as an additional supplier of this mineral, which is especially vital for the heart. The blue salt, which is commercially available in this country, is often mixed with white salt and accounts for only about 15 to 20% of the quantity. Like normal salt, it should always be stored in a dry and dark environment.
Impress your family or guests at the next meal together with this very special table salt in the fascinating color. Even at a cocktail party, the Persian salt will certainly become an eye-catcher and topic of conversation when it decorates the glasses as a decorative edge. Try something very special! The Persian blue salt, one of the rarest salts in the world, is also excellent as a gift. In combination with a bread, for example, it is the ideal souvenir at an inauguration party.