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Brand of fleur de sel?

nissenpa Aug 25, 2007 07:18 AM

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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    LRS RE: nissenpa Aug 25, 2007 11:49 AM

    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. selmelier RE: nissenpa Aug 26, 2007 08:30 AM

      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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        foxy fairy RE: selmelier Dec 2, 2007 02:48 PM

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

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          cmarie RE: foxy fairy Dec 2, 2007 03:52 PM

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

      2. selmelier RE: nissenpa Oct 5, 2008 09:06 AM

        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. atthemeadow.com

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          pepperqueen RE: nissenpa Oct 5, 2008 07:29 PM

          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

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