Fleur de Sel
Southern Brittany’s medieval walled town of Guérande sits on a peninsula of the same name which is known for its salt marshes. There, in the sun and wind by the end of dry summer days, the evaporated seawater leaves behind a crust of crystalized salt. Workers use wooden rakes to gently harvest the salt, the same way it’s been done for a thousand years. Slow, painstaking work, the salt marshes of Guérande each produce only about 2.2 pounds of salt per day during the harvest season.
The name fleur du sal means “flower of salt” because of patterns in the crystals that look like flowers. Sought after by chefs and home cooks alike, this is the salt you want on hand to finish dishes just before serving or to have at the table.