Esprit Du Sel Sel Grey Sea Salt Jar

France

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

Authentic & traditional harvesting methods - by hand

Unique flavor - harvested from the bottom of the clay salt bays

High mineral content

Comparatively large crystals with a briny taste.

Use whole or in grinder

Available in: 14.3 oz

$10.00

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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.

 

Esprit du Sel grey sea salt is harvested from the bottom of the salt bays. Its color comes from the high clay content in the earth and is not treated or washed like commercial salt. It has a very high mineral content and its crystals are comparatively large, with a flavorful aroma and taste reminiscent of the sea. Use it as a condiment for dipping with raw vegetables, or as a finishing salt for 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.