Ibiza gourmet: Sal De Ibiza ‘The Store’ – Balearic-based delights
Whether an island visitor or holidaymaker, you’ll no doubt have sampled the delicious variety of indulgent experiences Ibiza delivers year on year. From dining in lush campo restaurants and brunching in sun-soaked beach bars to sipping premium cocktails at the island’s hottest bars, the flavours of Ibiza are intertwined with feelgood experiences. And now, thanks to Sal de Ibiza ‘The Store’ – an emporium of Balearic-based delights – the gastronomical journey doesn’t have to end there.
Open daily from 10am until 9pm, ‘The Store’ – located conveniently close to the airport in case of emergency last minute gift purchases – in San Jose focuses on supporting local, home-grown brands and business and offers those arriving, departing or just whizzing by on an Ibiza adventure a gourmet pit-stop and the chance to take the unique flavours of the island back to their own home. As the name suggests, ‘The Store’ is home to the range of Ibiza’s famous sea salt, Sal de Ibiza, and the many delicious other products that fall beneath its signature aqua-hued label. But it’s also home to so much more…
The locally renowned Exquisite brand includes a range of sumptuous hand-made products made with raw ingredients – true treats for those with a sweet tooth. Try Es Broll, a rich, chocolately artisan carob flavoured liquor or the multi-flavoured range of gooey nougat and ludicrously moreish chocolate. Santa Eulalia based brand Can Malacosta offers an assortment of island grown and produced beautifully jams and preserves, perfect to serve alongside the sticky-delicious natural honey brand Miel Ibiza. For those craving something with a kick, The Ibiza Chili Co. – created by islander and chef Sid Shanti – is made with island fruits, vegetables and of course, chilis grown right here in Ibiza, and packs a flavoursome punch.
Bringing home glossy glass bottles of alcohol is always a great way to win friends and influence people back home, and top-shelf and multi award-winning LAW Premium Dry Gin – made with hand-picked Ibiza botanicals including salt from the islands own natural reserve Ses Salines and water from the spring of San Rafael – is guaranteed to please come cocktail hour. Formentera-based ecological brands Vod Loe and Gin Loe (which also boasts an an alcohol-free gin amongst its range) are also made with organic botanicals including island Aloe Vera, and are acclaimed examples of how the Balearic spirit can been beautifully bottled.
For those who prefer a classic vino, Ibizkus, Ibiza’s largest wine producer, presents its highly praised red, white and rose additions on the shelves of Sal de Ibiza ‘The Store’ – the perfect complement to any dish. Then of course, there is Ibiza’s shining star of liquor, Hierbas Ibicencas, with premium local brand Exquisite’s fine drop made exclusively with herbs from the island for that taste of brilliant aniseed bloom. Alternatively Ameseta Ibiza, an age-old island blend, still produced on the island.Available in all different strengths and sizes – even some suitable for your carry-on baggage – saying ‘salut’ to Ibiza has never been more palatable.
The differing notes of the Ibiza olive tree are beautifully captured within the traditional Ibicenco, 100-percent island tended, loved and produced oils from Can Cosmi, Can Miquel Guasch and Can Rich – whose ecological wines are also on offer – each sharing the story and rich heritage of their family traditions through their differing subtle accents and stronger tones. Finally, if you’re in need of a little culinary guidance in the kitchen, island-inspired cookbooks, created by acclaimed authors such as Elke Clörs and Sid Shanti, must be the final item on your Ibiza shopping list.
Carretera Ibiza, San José, Km 6,5
+34 674 352 364
Opening hours: 10am to 9pm