Fleur de sel ("flower of salt" in French; French pronunciation: [flœʁ də sɛl]) or flor de sal (also "flower of salt" in Portuguese, Spanish and Catalan) is a salt that forms as a thin, delicate crust on the surface of seawater as it evaporates. Fleur de sel has been collected since ancient times (it was mentioned by Pliny the Elder in his book Natural History), and was traditionally used as a purgative and salve. It is now used as a finishing salt to flavor and garnish food. The name comes from the flower-like patterns of crystals in the salt crust.
At Guérande, France, each salt marsh produces only about one kilo (2.2 pounds) per day. Because of this and the labor-intensive way in which it is harvested, fleur de sel is the most expensive of salts.
Le Guérandais Fleur de Sel de Guérande Sea Salt is composed of snowy white crystals, with no additives, and is highly prized by chefs.
In Guérande, France, the Fleur de Sel crystallizes in summer on the surfaces of sea water where it is carefully hand raked and harvested in the late afternoon, when the weather conditions are just right, by the salt farmer. The name Fleur de Sel comes from the aroma of violets that develops as the salt dries. Only the premium, top layer of the salt bed is used.
Fleur de Sel translates as "Flower of Salt" and is also known as the "Caviar of Salt". The flavor is marvelous in comparison to other salts. Unlike processed salts, Fleur de Sel is a natural source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper and iodine. The taste is a delicate balance of the numerous salts, minerals, and micronutrients—this is truly the finest salt available.
For maximum flavor, sprinkle Fleur de Sel de Camargue by hand over foods just before serving to draw out the full flavors of the other ingredients. This is a natural compliment to fresh salads and vegetable dishes. An excellent all-around seasoning.
Net Weight: 125 g. / 4.41 oz.
Country of Origin: France
"Best Before Date" on this millenium aged product is 12/31/23