This gourmet artisanal finishing salt is harvested off the northern coast of France using centuries-old, sustainable, traditional methods. As compared to other sea salts harvested there, Fleur de sel is immaculately white since the salt crystals form on the surface of the œillets (tidal pools) and are carefully and laboriously skimmed by hand and collected without coming in contact with the grey clay silt.
This bright white treasure is comprised of snow-like crystals and has a slight hint of violets in its aroma. To enhance dishes just before serving, add a pinch for a burst of flavor, texture and visual appeal.
fleur de sel
PROCESSING / FORM
3 oz (85 g) per 1/2 cup
The harvesting of our Guérande collection of salts is rich in tradition. The marshes from which the salts are collected were originally conceived and carved out of a coastal area in the French town of Guérande by monks in 945 AD. The monks' careful planning has bestowed us with these superlative salts harvested in a sustainable way—as is proven by the centuries of production they have yielded. The salt workers, called paludiers, embrace this responsibility and strive to preserve the balance of man and nature which allows for both a high-quality product and the preservation of a precious ecosystem. The marsh area they work is now a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), this European quality assurance has strict specifications of industry.
Harvesting is done during the summer, but only under very specific conditions where in ocean, sun, and wind combine to form the prized fleur de sel in large sheets on the surface of the salt pools (œillets). The crystals are carefully skimmed by hand, usually using a rake called a "lousse," the salt is then collected in piles to drain and dry. The grey salt (sel gris) is collected from the bottom of these salt pools. It is mineral-rich as is reflected by its briny flavor and grey hue.
The sea salts do not undergo any form of washing or chemical treatments. It is sieved to remove as many impurities as possible, this is a completely natural product—harvested with traditional methods. It is devoid of additives, it contains none of the anti-caking agents, iodine, fluorine, or nitrites found commercial salts.
Dried rose petals have a full sweet-scented aroma. Simple syrup or other infusions with these rose petals will yield a delicate fruity taste and a heady floral bouquet; an aromatic addition to every thing from baked confections to boozy beverages.