The sea salts of Guérande in Brittany, France, have been celebrated for their fine flavor since salt harvesting began in its marshes more than 1,200 years ago. This fleur de sel, from artisan producer Gilles Hervy, is stellar.
Hand-gathered daily throughout the summer, Gilles Hervy Fleur de Sel retains its original moisture, white color and briny taste. This natural, unprocessed salt is just one day’s harvest of the delicate top layer of salt (the "flower of salt") that collects on the surface of the salt ponds; the crystals are fine and moist and give off a clean ocean scent.
Why We Like It
We have been working exclusively with artisan paludier (salt maker) Gilles Hervy since 1997. He is a man of integrity, who refuses to partner with a local cooperative that occasionally supplements its stock with Portuguese salt yet continues to use the label “Fleur de Sel de Guérande.” We want to do everything we can to support a real artisan who is continuing this long, hard, labor-intensive tradition.
How to Use
Sprinkle on grilled steaks or fresh tomatoes, or blend into mashed potatoes for a crunchy burst of flavor.
Ingredients: sea salt from Guerande
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