Fleur de sel is a type of salt that’s harvested by hand in the coastal regions of France, such as Guerande (Brittany) and Noirmoutier Island. The salt is formed on the surface of ponds that are filled with seawater after it evaporates. The salt crystals look like flower pedals and hence its name.
Authentic Fleur de Sel is only harvested when weather conditions are perfect for the farmers to collect the salt with a wooden rake from the water’s surface. This delicate salt is comprised of larger kernels with a higher mineral complexity than table salt, and has a pleasant crunch that sticks to your tongue.
How do you use fleur de sel?
Unlike table salt, which is processed after it’s harvested, the larger, more complex crystals of fleur de sel remain intact and can add to the flavor and texture of your dishes. Often it’s used as a finishing salt that’s sprinkled over finished dishes to give them an extra pop of flavor and added texture.
How to store your fleur de sel
To keep your purchased Fleur de Sel fresh, place it in an airtight glass container and store it away from moisture in a cool, dry place. This will allow it to last for up to 10 years!