Esprit Du Sel Fleur Du Sel – Bulk Bucket

France

100% all natural product. No additives, chemicals or refinement

Authentic & traditional harvesting methods - by hand

Unique flavor - mild salinity with aroma of the sea and violets

Each mid size grain is unique and perfect for finishing

Available in: 22 lb / 10 kg

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On the historic island of Re on the Atlantic coast of France, naturally intense and flavorful salt has been hand-harvested from the sea since the seventh century. Esprit du Sel sea salts are harvested from the same unpolluted waters, a major source of the delicious shellfish that so many Americans marvel at when in France. These sea salts taste like the sea they came from and contain iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and iodine. Due to their superior flavor and health benefits, these sea salts are favored by culinary professionals.

 

Literally "the Flower of Salt," Esprit du Sel fleur du sel is made from the finest white salt skimmed from the thin surface layer of the salt pans in summer, and known as the crème de la crème of French sea salts. When piled up, it blooms, developing a pink tinge and the aroma of violets. It looks like tiny snowflakes and is deeply salty. Use it as a condiment for dipping with raw vegetables, or sprinkling on steak and fish.

Harvesting since the XII th century, the Île de Ré, or Isle of Ré, is the most historic place for French sea salt harvesting. The Sel Gris was the most important product produced on the island, and was shipped all over France and Europe to be used to conserve meats and fish during hunting, fishing and transit. In the 1920s, with the invention of machine harvesting and the railways gaining popularity, the consumers turned to machine harvested salts as to save time and money. The salt industry on the Island drastically dropped until the 1970s.

 

The salt marshes on the Île de Ré are located 40 km from the coastline, insuring clean water intake, free from the risks of maritime and land pollution, which is unique because of the multiple basins that are used to store incoming ocean water, and the natural plants and plankton that naturally filter the water. The salt pans are much smaller than those of Guérande, and they use a primary « dosage / feeding pool » that allows the salt-workers to slowly let water into the final salt pans and control the quality and salinity of the water before harvesting.

 

The Sel marin is exceptional due to its high nutrient content coming from the unique clay lined beds found specifically on the Island. The Fleur de Sel is unique because of its small, delicate crystals, and soft, non-aggressive taste.