We preserve exquisite flavours through drying, pickling, infusing and bottling. From the seemingly magical and extremely versatile porcini mushroom ‘gold dust’ to the unforgettable salty tang of pickled samphire, First Light Foods brings wildcrafted goods to your pantry so you can enjoy these unique taste sensations from the great outdoors.
What better way to preserve items than to pickle them? We use foolproof, age-old techniques to ensure your cupboard will never be short of something interesting.
PICKLED SHIMEJI MUSHROOMS
Shimeji mushrooms work so well when pickled. They retain their firm texture and are perfectly bite-sized. Being a chef’s favourite, this pickled mushrooms can be added to salads and served over meat dishes, or just enjoyed with charcuterie.
The flavour of the sea. Samphire is a versatile shoreline plant that contains a pleasant, crunchy saltiness. Also known as sea beans or sea asaparagus, samphire works extremely well with fish dishes and adds a surprising salty tang when added to salads.
GOURMET SALTS AND DUSTS
First Light Foods sources natural sea salt and marries it with a variety of different ingredients, creating a range of memorable and unusual finishing salts. Here you’ll find unusual, yet nifty additions to your kitchen shelf.
WILD GARLIC SALT
Our indigenous South African wild garlic (Tulbaghia violocea) is chopped finely and mixed with natural sea salt. This edible and medicinal herb brings forth a flavour similar to garlic chives. Best enjoyed over roasted vegetables, sandwiches, stews and salads.
BLACK GARLIC SALT
Black garlic is fermented garlic that is a potent superfood. Strong in anti-oxidants, the sweet, molasses-like flavour is imparted into natural sea salt to create a versatile seasoning that can be used on potatoes, meat, vegetables and even as a rub!
PORCINI MUSHROOM SALT
Porcini mushrooms preserve beautifully, and their strong, woodsy flavour is contained in our salt mix. We forage fresh porcini, sun-dry them for up to 3 days and then pulse them into natural sea salt.
Our saffron is 100% genuine Persian saffron, sourced from Soltan Saffron in Cape Town. We infuse the gorgeous floral taste of this spice into natural sea salt to ensure that your paella and other rice dishes are never again anything short of magical.
A French staple herb, tarragon has a terrific buttery, liquorice flavour that compliments chicken, seafood and vegetable dishes well. We source fresh tarragon from the Werf Food Garden at Boschendal Estate and infuse the herb with natural sea salt.
PORCINI MUSHROOM DUST
This dust is our secret weapon to making the perfect mushroom sauce. Consisting of nothing but 100% dried and ground porcini mushrooms, use a teaspoonful or two in pastas, risottos, stews, soups, stir-fried and with flour in baked dishes too.