M. Gilles Hervy Fleur de Sel
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The finest salt comes from the area near the town of Guérande, in the Brittany region of France. Here, the marshes and low lying areas are suitable for salt fields. Guérande has no peer in France for the quality of salt produced. It is simply the best.
Our stunning Fleur de Sel is hand-harvested by artisan salt producer Gilles Hervy and his family, when weather conditions are just right and a lacy-white film forms on the top of the salt beds. Fleur de Sel should be used as a finishing salt......its' delicate texture and remarkable taste can transform a dish.
- We love it on anything cold - sprinkle over fresh, ripe tomatoes or salads
- Sprinkle over toasted country bread drizzled with good French olive oil
- Fleur de Sel is the perfect finishing salt for grilled vegetables
- Try baked fish drizzled with a little olive oil and then sprinkled with a pinch of Fleur de Sel. The flavor is amazing.
- A favorite French treat is fresh radishes dipped in Fleur de Sel, served with sweet butter and a fresh sliced baguette.
M. Gilles Hervy is an artisan paludier (craftsman salt harvester). M. Hervy and his wife, two sons and daughter have chosen to remain independent from the typical co-ops used by most paludier in the Brittany region. In France, the family sells at shows and roadside stands, but rely on their sales in the United States as well. They consider their excellent quality salt and resulting loyal clientele to be a result of their total control of the product. The Hervy family owns two salines (salt ponds) in Brittany near the town of Guérande. There, the currents run cleaner than in many of the other salt harvesting regions of France. Les œillets (the salt marshes) of Guérande have no peer in Europe for the quality of salt produced.
In the long and narrow salt fields of Guérande, M. Hervy uses a float to "sweep" the crystallizing top of the evaporating sea water to harvest the precious Fleur de Sel. The majority of the harvest is sel gris, a hand harvested salt with a grey cast. However, on certain afternoons when weather conditions are just right, a lacy-white film forms on the top of the salt beds. This is the precious Fleur de Sel. It must be harvested on the same afternoon it is formed.
For every 80 pounds of sel gris that is harvested, only 1 pound of Fleur de Sel is harvested.