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The sea salts of Guérande in Brittany, France, have been celebrated for their fine flavor since salt harvesting began in its marshes more than 1,200 years ago.
Gilles Hervy hails from Guérande, which is considered the best and most prestigious location for producing fleur de sel. Gilles hand-harvests the salt himself, overseeing the entire process. He possesses an unshakeable ethical stance.
Harvested daily throughout the summer, weather permitting, Gilles Hervy Fleur de Sel retains its original moisture, white color and briny taste. This natural, unprocessed salt is made of the delicate top layer of salt (the "flower of salt") that collects on the surface of the salt ponds; the crystals are fine and moist and give off a clean ocean scent.
My great friend, gourmand French artisan food expert Kitty Keller discovered Gilles and his wonderful salt in 1997. I owe most of my knowledge of food and culture to Madame Keller. She has been the exclusive importer of Gilles Hervy artisan salt since then. I had the honor of meeting Mr. Hevry and hosting a dinner in his honor with Madame Keller here in San Francisco during his only trip to the USA.
Gilles is a man of integrity, who refuses to partner with a local cooperative that occasionally supplements its stock of French salt with lower-quality Portuguese salt yet continues to use the label “Fleur de Sel de Guérande.”
We do everything we can to support this real, local artisan who continues this long, hard, labor-intensive tradition, and by buying and enjoying his salt, you will too!
Sprinkle Gilles Hervy's Fleur de Sel on grilled steaks or fresh tomatoes, or blend into mashed potatoes for a crunchy burst of flavor. Fleur de Sel is used to finish a dish and acts as a natural complement to fresh raw vegetables, salad or grilled meats. A truly fulfilling moment is fresh trimmed radishes dipped in Fleur de Sel and served with sweet butter and sliced baguette.
Keep in mind this is a finishing salt, not intended for cooking, but rather to add to finished dishes before serving. Why? The delicate aromas and perfumes define the quality of this salt, and we don't want to cook those aromas out of the salt. Looking for a cooking salt? We recommend either Mr. Hervy's Sel Gris, or "Grey Salt" or our lovely Marisal Hand-Harvested Sea Salt. Both are available here.
The taste of Gilles Hervy's Fleur de Sel is a complex balance of the sea and her minerals, with small flaky crystals, a moist texture and a slightly grey/pink cast.
Size: 5.4 ounces
Ingredients: Salt. (obviously!)