Here are some spicy and salty holiday gift ideas guaranteed to satisfy everyone from foodies to frozen french fry aficionados. The addictive spicy blends and sea salts that offer a literal taste of the Cape and Islands can be purchased online or at a variety of brick and mortar locations over the bridge. Happy shopping!
BY THE SEA SALT - Over on the Vineyard, a combination of Kosher salt and selected herbs has been spicing things up for over a decade. The original By The Sea Salt has been joined by a tangy and zesty (and possibly addictive) cousin, Jose Can You Sea Salt. They ship USPS Priority so order by December 19 for Christmas delivery and today for Hanukkah. www.bytheseasalt.com
WELLFLEET SEA SALT COMPANY - Looking for a taste of the Outer Cape? If you love the brine of a Wellfleet oyster, you'll swoon over Wellfleet Sea Salt. "What you'll taste are the pure, unadulterated, and unprocessed minerals that exist only in the waters of Cape Cod." Plus, they use repurposed oyster floats to sustainably harvest their salt. Available in two sizes, 3.1 ounces for $8, and a sample pod for $4. www.wellfleetseasaltcompany.com
ISLAND SPICE & SEA SALT - If a taste of the Nantucket is what you're after, look no further than the island spice and sea salt from Nantucket Cookie Company. Their Nantucket Sea Salt is gathered from the island's southern sea waters and rendered downtown at The Easy Street Cantina. The multi-purpose Bartholomew's Nantucket Island Spice is from the creator of Nantucket Secret Spice, but also includes Nantucket Sea Salt. www.nantucketcookie.net
ATLANTIC SPICE COMPANY - Since 1994, North Truro's Atlantic Spice Company has been selling, "The highest quality culinary herbs and spices, teas, dehydrated vegetables, nuts, seeds, botanicals, essential oils, spice blends, potpourri ingredients and fragrance oils all at wholesale prices." More than 250 items are available online or in their year-round brick and mortar location. www.atlanticspice.com
CAPE COD SALTWORKS - Bringing the briny taste of the sea to the table, Cape Cod Saltworks, "produces a pure salt, harvested from the waters of Cape Cod in a way that recaptures tradition and delights the tastebuds." Their 2.5 ounce jars of Sea Salt aren't yet available from their web site, but the "where to find us" features over a dozen links of retail and online stores to order from. www.capecodsaltworks.com
CAPE COD LAVENDER FARM - Opened in 1995, Harwich's Cape Cod Lavender farm boasts over 14,000 plants. Now one of the largest lavender farms on the East Coast, they offer a wide variety of products including an Herbs de Provence, a special blend of seasonings that includes their very sweetest English Lavender. Same day shipping. www.capecodlavenderfarm.com