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Why We Love: Fleur de Sel & Sel Gris Salts

Sea SaltLike a coach encouraging his players to be the best they can be, great salt helps every dish reach its full potential. And when any meal or dessert, from roasts to poached pears, is sprinkled with Fleur de Sel, a finishing salt (meaning you don’t cook with it … you only add it before serving), its flavors pop. Le Guerandais Fleur de Sel de Guerande that’s sold at Fairway stores and Fairway Marketplace is the real deal. Naturally white salt that is neither crushed nor washed, “flower of the salt” (or Fleur de Sel, as it’s called in French) is defined by perfection. We import this one from Guerande, where all authentic Fleur de Sel hails from. Guerande is a carefully preserved, charming, medieval town on the western coast of France that boasts a rich and fascinating history, and is home to closely guarded marshes where salt is cultivated by only natural elements: wind, sea, and sun. The salt is harvested by hand using ancestral, centuries-old techniques and craftsmanship to preserve the sustainable environment and provide pure, clean, potent, unrefined salt without any chemical treatment, washings, preservatives, or additives. This Fleur de Sel is delicate and light, and harvested by artisan paludiers (craftsmen salt harvesters) who use wooden rakes to sweep the top of the evaporating sea water, made of fine crystals. Only something so special could make a fine food gift, and Le Guerandais Fleur de Sel de Guerande is unforgettable. It’s at the top of every foodie’s holiday wish list.

Since great gifts come in pairs, wrap up that Fleur de Sel with Le Paludier Sel de Guerande Coarse Gray (translated to “Gros Gris” in French) Salt that comes in the rustic jute sack bag (based on availability in Fairway Market stores). It’s a wet, moist salt that also hails from the salt marshes of Guerande (whereas the Fleur de Sel floats on top of the water, the coarse gray salt is formed beneath the surface of the water) and is hand-harvested by paludiers. It’s tinted gray by the nutrients that are in the clay lining of the salt pond. Use it when cooking, and just throw out any ordinary table salt that is left in your kitchen or your friend’s kitchen right now!

TELL US: What do you like to sprinkle Fleur de Sel on?

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2 Responses to “Why We Love: Fleur de Sel & Sel Gris Salts”

  1. Bob
    December 9, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    I plan on buying Fleur de Sel on my next visit to Fairway as I want to try it first on steamed broccoli and carrots and then maybe include it in my salad dressing as well.

  2. Christine Porretta
    December 17, 2011 at 3:06 am #

    What did you think of the Fleur de Sel, Bob?

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