San Juan Island Sea Salt - Madrona Smoked Sea Salt
This is a taste of our place, born out of our unique island ecosystem. The Pacific Madrona (Arbutus menziesii) is a beautiful and interesting native tree that grows here on the island. It grows on rocky slopes, in forest clearings and its shape is never twice the same. We collect fallen branches of the tree on the island and use them to cold smoke our sea salt. This smoked salt has a hearty, smoked salmon like aroma, with a soft brown caramel color. Many smoked salts I have tried are overly intense and harsh, but we prefer a light-medium smoke, and this salt lives up to that.
A few great ways to use this salt are on a slice of a fresh garden tomato, on roasted root vegetables, or as a seasoning on chicken or steak.