Flavours Unique to South Africa
SOUTH AFRICAN FYNBOS
Fynbos (fine bush) is the predominant vegetation in the world's smallest plant kingdom situated at the southern tip of Africa. Known as the Cape Floristic Region, the terroir of this UNESCO World Heritage Site produces one of the highest plant diversities on earth. Approximately 9000 species proliferate and about 6000 of these are Fynbos - a family of ancient, indigenous plants that includes South Africa's national flower, the Protea and renown health-boosting Rooibos and Honeybush teas.
A TASTE OF BOTANICAL HERITAGE
Many Fynbos species are highly aromatic and their flavour profiles are uniquely South African. Edible varieties are used to make seasoning salt, infused vinaigrettes and oils, naturally flavoured water, digestives, cordials, tea infusions, cakes, savoury bakes and more.
SOUTH AFRICAN FYNBOS SALT
A selection of these uniquely South African flavours is captured in our range of seasoning salts that includes Rhino bush, Buchu, Rooibos, Snow bush and Mint pelargonium. Edible Fynbos botanicals from the Cape Floristic Region are combined with all-natural Atlantic Ocean sea salt from the Cape's west coast. The flavour profile of this inimitable salt is distinctly mineral, changing from salty to slightly sweet as the crystals dissolve.
HOW TO USE FYNBOS SALTS
Use to season meat, fish, poultry, pasta, vegetables, salads, fruit, herb butters, pickles and even pop-corn. Experiment with all the Fynbos salt flavours at every meal. Try Rhino bush salt on grilled meat, Rooibos on roasted veggies, Snow bush in a yoghurt accompaniment and Mint pelargonium on salads. Mix it up at the next sitting, the flavour sensations continue to surprise.
Fynbos has been the Cape's natural pharmacy for centuries. One of the first written records
of the traditional uses of indigenous botanicals was "A List of South African Indigenous
Plants Used as Remedies by the Colonists at the Cape of Good Hope", by Ludwig von Pappe in the eighteen-forties. This document may be viewed at Cape Town's National Library in the Company's Garden precinct by appointment.
Scientific research is catching up to oral tradition and our Fynbos Salt packaging displays the active chemical ingredient present in the individual botanicals as well as the plant's traditional uses. This is for information purposes only in the interest of showcasing South Africa's botanical heritage. It is not intended as medical advice.
Fynbos Tastings and Apothecary Workshops in the Company's Garden offer a rare
opportunity to engage with these protected botanicals and to learn about their culinary
uses and wellness benefits.
SNOW BUSH SALT
Flavour Profile - wild rosemary
Snow bush Salt is particularly delicious on braaied lamb, grilled vegetables, in yoghurt-based dips and sprinkled over roast potatoes. Pair with meat, poultry or veggie kebabs on our Snow bush kebab sticks.
Flavour Profile - intense mint
"South African Mint"
Sprinkle over roasted vegetables and salads for a zesty, fresh mint taste with a geranium undertone.
RHINO BUSH SALT
Flavour Profile - resinous
A favourite on meat - in a braai tasting Rhino bush beat Buchu and Snow bush for the title of 'best braai accompaniment'.
Flavour Profile - minty, blackcurrant
Buchu is a natural flavour enhancer and mingles with food to optimize flavour. Sprinkle over grilled meat with a splash of olive oil. Amazing with butter on a mielie.
Flavour Profile - fruity, floral, woody
Rooibos salt has a rounding effect on flavours, drawing them all together. Use in stews, especially tomato based dishes like traditional lamb bredie. Great on roasted veggies and even fruit.