One of the things I love about the Finger Lakes region is it is absolutely a Foodie’s paradise. We have award-winning wineries, microbreweries, farms, artisan cheeses, spectacular restaurants, and now we have our own sea salt!
Seneca Sea Salt
I know if you are thinking back to middle school geography this is somewhat of a conundrum. Lakes are surrounded by land, seas are not . But go with it…
“Salt is simple. We all use it and we couldn’t survive without this essential element. Most people think of the ocean when they think of salt, but salt deposits occur inland as well and that’s the case in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York where Seneca Salt Company was born far from any seashore.
Seneca Salt begins in salt veins 500 to 2,800 feet below the surface of Seneca Lake. A brine is produced within the salt vein using lake water. The brine then undergoes an evaporation process creating the purest of all salts, a culinary flake salt. The flakes vary in size and structure which create a salt preferred by many chefs. Enjoy this natural treasure from one of the world’s most beautiful places!
*This story is on the back label of the salt box
See, I told you if you just go with it the sea part makes sense.
While I was out shopping in Canandaigua I picked up a jar of the Seneca Salt Lemon Culinary Flake Salt at F. Olivers. The other options were plain and rosemary. The salt it’s self is a flake salt that I really enjoyed using, it dissolves almost instantly into foods. The flavor of the lemon peel combined with the clean sharp saltiness of the salt from Seneca Lake is a perfect way to add a more complex flavor to steamed vegetables or shellfish than regular salt alone.
When I got home I had to use my new Seneca Sea Salt right away. Because we still have summer squash, I ran out to the field and picked about 4 small yellow squash,sauteed them up in olive oil with some garlic and finished it off with fresh cracked pepper and Seneca Salt Lemon Culinary Flake Salt.
Oh my gosh it was divine, I swear some of the simplest dishes really are the best.
The lemon in the salt gave the squash a bright note while heightening the flavor of the garlic. The sea salt provided the prefect finish to this quick fresh side-dish.
Seneca Salt Natural Culinary Flake Salt is a little more robust in saltiness than the previous sea salt I was using. I seasoned lightly at first, tasting and adjusting until I found the perfect balance of flavors. I would recommend whenever you try a new salt you do the same.
My thoughts on Seneca Sea Salt: I am totally loving this salt, It has definitely earned a permanent place
in my pantry the jar is too pretty to be hidden away, on my counter-top. I am planning on picking up the un-flavored version soon, but in the meantime I can not wait to try the Seneca Salt Lemon Culinary Flake Salt on shrimp, chicken, and corn on the cob.