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Fleur de Sel from Ile de Re by Esprit du Sel
This naturally flavorful salt has been harvested by hand since the 7th century from the sea surrounding the island of Re on France's Atlantic coast near La Rochelle. The waters here are among the cleanest in the world and yield salts rich in minerals and tasting of the sea. This is a world apart from sea salts chemically-produced and merely containing sodium chloride. Literally meaning the "flower of salt," it is a fine, pure white salt raked from the thin surface layer of Esprit du Sel's own bays. Blooming in summer, it develops a pink tinge and an aroma of violets. The crystals look like little snowflakes. This is the salt that professionals use to add complex taste and bring out the flavors of food. Fleur de Sel is sought by connoisseurs for its incomparable flavor, delightful consistency and natural richness. It also dissolves easily, making it a perfect table salt.