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Ohio’s Own: A Bit of A Bite Salsa

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: A Bit of A Bite SalsaPhoto by Miriam Bowers Abbott.
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Ohio grocers make space for lots of locally-produced edibles. There are breads, chips, nut butters, cheese, cookies, noodles… but if you made a pie chart of all those things, it’s a good bet that the salsa/chip-dip section would be the largest piece of the pie. Ohio eaters just love putting chips in stuff.

A Bit of a Bite makes salsas out of headquarters in Miamisburg, Ohio. The dips are packaged in big handsome jars that proclaim “NO CHEMICALS IN THIS JAR” across the top lid. To clarify, the produce inside the jar is GMO-free. There are also no preservatives, no artificial ingredients, and no high-fructose corn-syrup in the salsa recipes.

Even though the local salsa path is a familiar (too-familiar) one, the house Three-Sisters salsa jumped off the grocery shelf right into the shopping basket. Primarily, because the salsa comes with a story: According to the label, the reference to three sisters comes from a Native American practice of planting corn, beans and squash together. The corn provides stalks for the beans to grow, the beans provide nitrogen for the soil, and the squash leaves provide shade.

This sounds a little romanticized, but it’s a good story. Plus, who doesn’t want to try a salsa with extra chunky things? Indeed, the clotty tomato-based brew is thick with the promised three sisters: black beans, zucchini, and corn. They provide a landscape and texture that shakes things up in an appealing way. The salsa is also surprisingly sweet. The ingredient label discloses the reason for that: brown sugar. With the requisite jalapeño heat, you get a nice mix of salty, sweet and spicy when you team it with tortilla chips.

Traditionalists can score jars of Bit of a Bite Salsa without the three-sister additions. It comes in tomato-centric flavors categorized as hot (heiny hot), medium and sweet too. That said, it’d be a shame to miss a salsa with a story.

For more information, visit www.abitofabitesalsa.com.

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