A French sea salt harvested from the waters on salt ponds situated along the coastal waters of France, which when translated means the "flower of salt", a name derived from crystals that blossom from evaporated water. Thin and having an appearance similar to snowflakes, the crystals of Fleur de Sel are removed from the surface of the still water ponds adjacent to the sea, unlike the French sea salt harvested in the same area referred to as Sel Gris. Sel Gris is harvested from waters below the surface that have passed through multiple clay basins, resulting in a higher concentration of minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and potassium, as well as a light grey mineral coloring. Considered to be an exceptional and higher quality salt crystal, Fleur de Sel is used as a seasoning for foods, providing a very delicate and somewhat earthy flavor that may also be slightly sweet.
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