Fleur de Sel with Espelette Pepper Jar
Blend of delicate Fleur de Sel and Espelette pepper from the Basque region of France
100% all natural product. No additives, chemicals or refinement
Authentic & traditional harvesting methods - by hand
Warm and smoky aroma and flavor brightens sauces, stews, vinaigrettes or vegetables
Available in: 5.3 oz
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The Espelette pepper, cultivated on the warm, sun-drenched hillsides of the city of Espelette, in the picturesque Basque Region in Southern France is warm and smoky rather than spicy. The Espelette pepper combines perfectly with the delicate Fleur de Sel to brighten the flavor of your favorite sauces, stews, vinaigrettes, fresh or roasted vegetables.
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.