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Because the salt has been blended with fresh cayenne peppers the flavors are infused throughout (this is not a mix of dried cayenne and salt - it is more of a salt-preserved cayenne pepper). Here is a shot of the cayenne salt in progress (it's still wet at this point):
There are flakes of cayenne in the salt, and the jar it's packaged in is wide enough to pinch salt directly out of:
It's salty, yes, but it's more than just salt: it adds a more complex flavor and a touch of spiciness, and something more, I can't quite put my finger on it, deliciousness? I've found that when I use this cayenne salt I end up using less salt overall than had I been using just plain salt.
The red color you see in the photo is a result of the high-salinity tolerating Dunaliella algae. Salt ponds in the San Francisco Bay date back to 1854. More recently (2003) most of the salt ponds were sold to state, federal, and nonprofit groups who are in the process of restoring them back to wetlands (I believe the green “ponds” in the bottom right of the photo are those restored wetlands).
SIZE: 3.25 oz (92 g)
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