Salt comes in many forms. Its chemical compound affects color and taste. “Normal salt” does not contain hydroxide ion, or hydrogen ion. “Basic salts” contain hydroxide ion. “Common salts” are the kind we use on food. This particular kind of salt also fits in the category of “Electrolytes.” These are salts that can be dissolved in water and conduct electricity. Even though its chemical compound puts all types of salts into a category, they can also still have different tastes, color, and odor. We know salt to be salty, but it can also be sweet, sour, bitter, and savory. Most salts are odorless, except for impure salts, but the color of the salt is what really makes them different. Salts come in so many colors which has caused us to realize that most minerals are indeed salt.