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Aug 25, 2007 07:18 AM

Brand of fleur de sel?

I would like to buy some nice fleur de sel. Is there a brand that you recommend? Where do you buy yours?

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  1. my favorite brand is definitely "Reflets de France" (from Guérande), i usually ask friends who go to france to bring it for me so i don't know where to buy it here but there must be a place...maybe you could google it?

    1. I have a new favorite fleur de sel called Pangasinan Sweet, from the Philippines. This discovery comes to a big fan of the classic fleur de sels from Brittany, France. I have some from Guérande, Ile de Ré, and Ile de Noirmoutier that are great, though my Ile de Ré is from a very small producer and is probably the most elegant. However, Pangasinan is, in some ways, in another category. The physical qualities of a Brittany fleur de sel is there: high moisture content giving the salt a soft and supple body, enough trace minerals to lend mildness, and nice, irregular granular crystals to give complexity. But the family resemblance stops there. Where Brittany salts have a minerally, briny, and slightly sharp flavor, Pangasinan Sweet is round, warm, and faintly sweet. In addition the crystals can be somewhat larger, but are also very jumbled and complex, making for a spectacular crunch. This sea salt brings great depth and richness to anything suitable for finishing with fleur de sel: cheeses, veggies, fish, meats, pastas, etc. People freak out when they taste it for the first time.
      --Mark Bitterman, Selmelier at The Meadow

      The Meadow
      3731 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

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      1. re: selmelier

        Any place to find this on-line? I'm trying to buy some for holiday gifts...

        1. re: foxy fairy

          apparently you can only but it at his website. I just googled it.

      2. My favorite fleur de sels are Pangasinan Star from the Philippines (sweet and lofty textured) and Fleur de Sel de l'Ile de Re (the briny classic with a delicate, fine crystals). Both are available at The Meadow.

        1. we love Artisan fumee de Sel Chardonnay Oak Smoked sea salt. You won't believe this one, but we found it at the flea market grocery for $1 and obviously bought all they had. Retail is between $19 and $25. Google and you will find it. it is wonderful