Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The Right Salt

Given that I was brought up there I reckon that I can count myself an Essex girl, one from that most maligned of places.  Those of us who hale from there are not all orange you know.  I for one certainly haven't ever owned a pair of white stilettos in my life.

You don't have to delve very hard to find things that the county can be proud of.  There's Tiptree Jam, Grayson Perry, my beloved Southend Pier and the big fat cockles from Leigh-on-Sea.  And this stuff - Maldon Sea Salt.  Not  probably the best salt in the world but definitely!

It's hard to get in Devon.  Lots of the shops here now sell Cornish Sea Salt instead, also a fine product with less food miles.  But it's not the same!  Maldon salt has a unique flakiness, a satisfying feel on the touch   And there's a taste beyond the saltiness that I can't quite identify but seems to me to be the essence of all things seaside. I'm sure if you asked Jamie Oliver, another Essex person, he'd be in total agreement with me.

I had a little moan to the folks at the company about its relative lack of availability down here. To thank me for their troubles they sent me this lovely gift which includes a smoked variety of salt.  Now that's going to be interesting on my chips!


  1. Lovely post! Born in Essex myself, I have a fondness for Maldon Salt and Tiptree Jam! My Mum loved to visit my gran at Leigh On Sea - we would walk down Southend Pier, then go back for cockles.
    I shall look out for the Smoked Maldon Salt- not seen that before - what a lovely company they are!

    Advent blessings xx

  2. I am so glad that you were sent some salt. I agree with what you say about the taste, it goes far further than saltiness. I love smoked anything so will have to investigate the smoked Malden salt.