JQ Dickinson is a family-run business with over two hundred years of salt-making experience. Now in its seventh generation, siblings Nancy Bruns and Lewis Payne helm the operation, making salt in a manner unseen anywhere else in North America.
To get the brine, a network of wells reach deep into the remnants of the Iapetus Ocean, a once-massive sea that was driven beneath the present-day Appalachian Mountains 400 - 600 million years ago. Once the wells have brought the water to the surface, it is transported to evaporation beds that rest in a greenhouse. As the water evaporates, beautiful crystals form, until all that’s left is the salt itself, raked and collected by hand. In the summer, this process will take four to six weeks, but it can take up to three months in the wintertime.
In the end, this salt is truly flawless. Its texture is wonderfully crisp, adding a lively, invigorating effervescence to whatever it’s adorning. The first time using a salt as bright and buoyant as this one, it calls to mind that nostalgic magic of pop rock candies, amplifying any dish’s flavors with vivid elegance.
Kanawha, West Virginia
Available in 1lb or 5lb increments