Grey Coarse salt from île de Ré(France), 1kg
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Grey Coarse salt from île de Ré(France), 1kg

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A jewel of the French coastline, Isle de Rhé was originally 4 islands which over time came to form a single island. It owes its fame to salt production. The first salty marshes appeared on the Isle of Rhé in the 13th century. Salt production totaled 3.7 acres in the 19th century representing slightly more than 15% of the island. 

If the fleur de sel is not collected on the surface, it sinks to the bottom of the salt pond during the night and cristallizes to become coarse sea salt. These harvesting methods are used by the salt famers who determine how fine the fleur de sel will be. The salt famers use a special wooden rake to collect the salt, carefully and with great expertise. This fleur de sel from the Isle of Rhé is not harvested, but hand-picked !