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Celtic Salt (Fleur de Sel)

Fleur de Sel is very rare, naturally white and of an outstanding quality.

It's known as the finest salt in the World. The crystals are fine, snow-like, and with a slight hint of violets. It enhances flavour as well as being rich in healthy minerals. As a finishing salt, it is delicate, for more general use see the Coarse Celtic Salt.

The artisan salt workers on the Guérande in Brittany marshes maintain a tradition with over a thousand years of history. Gently hand harvested, dried in the sun and wind, no machinery or metal is ever used.

Fleur de Sel only forms in unique weather conditions at certain times of year. Just 1kg a day forms in each salt marsh.  The sun and a rare dry east wind creates a fine, naturally white skin of crystals on the surface of the “œillets”. It is carefully gathered by specialists (paludiers) using a wooden rake, the “lousse à fleur”.

Fleur De Sel is totally natural and unrefined, and has a rich spectrum of 84 minerals and trace elements essential for well-being. In contrast table salt contains just two minerals, ordinary sea salts less than 10, and the best sea salts less than 40.

Salt is essential for life itself, but you need the right type. Ordinary table salt is industrially produced, stripped of it's minerals, and is nothing more than isolated, sodium chloride. Celtic Salt however is natural,balanced and very healthy.

* Nature & Progrès organic, and IFS (International Food Standard) certification
* ISO 9001:2000 standards through sifting and packing
* Certified free from pesticides, herbicides and chemicals

More information…

 
There is so much misinformation about salt these days.  It is in fact a foundation for good health.  Salt Awareness Week runs every year in the UK, and we always discuss the issues in depth, you can read an article here.
 

Jacques de Langre PhD, a Californian biochemist studied Celtic Salt for over 30 years and his two books “Seasalt’s Hidden Powers” and “Sea Salt, the Vital Spark for Life” are well worth seeking out for an in depth look at the health benefits of this wonderful salt. You can read an interview with him here.

 

Other Useful Celtic Salt Salt Links

 

The Coarse Celtic Salt is by far the best value and we recommend this for general use for cooking AND health purposes.

If you wish to use a grinder Dried Celtic Salt is the only option, the other salts, including the Fleur de Sel have a high moisture content, and will spoil all grinders.  We also now have a grinder available for the dried salt.

Also for garnishing at the table, we have Celtic Salt with Herbs.

To avoid toxic table salt when out and about, have a look at the Celtic Salt Pocket Box

 
Refined Salt Versus Natural Salt
 
Salt is essential for life itself and is found within every single cell in the body, yet has been the subject of a great deal of bad press.
 
It is important to emphasise that there is a huge difference between refined table salt, and natural salts such as the beautiful Celtic Salt.
 
All of the research suggesting that a low salt diet is healthy is based on toxic table salt; thankfully, there is a growing awareness of the benefits of natural salt, and that cutting back on salt may even be harmful for some people.
 
Salt is used in many industrial roles, and as little as 5 - 10% of the salt produced worldwide is used for food, and therein lies part of the problem as (most) manufacturers, do not view culinary salt as the most important aspect of their business.
 
Refined salt is subject to incredibly intense processing, chemical “cleaning” and high temperature drying; the end result is an artificial substance that no longer has the important minerals and trace elements that are essential to good health. Table salt consists of 97.5% Sodium Chloride, the remainder being various chemicals and absorbents. It is a useless food with no nutritional value.
 
Totally natural, Celtic salt however can actually make an important contribution to your health and vitality!
 
Reducing the use of refined salt is important, as little as 10% of many people’s intake comes from sprinkling on food, so for a healthy lifestyle, the emphasis should be on reducing the intake of processed foods and adding a natural salt to the diet.
 
The government recommends that adults should eat 6g of salt a day
 
The History of the Celtic Salt Marshes
 
The origins of Celtic Salt go right back in history. It has been harvested on the peninsula since the Iron Age. Even today, there are still 5 salt works from the Carolingian era still in operation on the marshes.
 
In around 1500, these already occupied 80% of their current surface area. Up to 1660, with the development of maritime trade, 2,500 “œillets” (crystallisation ponds) were built. The last salt works were created on the Guérande basin in around 1800, and today over 10,000 “œillets” are in operation.
 
Between 1840 and 1960, the salt workers had to face up to a long period of crisis, mainly due to international competition from mined salt and Mediterranean salt. As a result, the workforce of between 600 and 900 salt workers in 1840 had fallen to 248 by 1973.
 
The years 1970 to 1990 were therefore a time of renewal. To defend their salt against the might of industrial salts and their marshes against the appetites of property developers, a united, highly motivated group of salt workers reorganised to follow a modern economic approach. They set up a skills training scheme, founded an agricultural cooperative, bought a trading company and created the Association for the Promotion of Atlantic Salt (APROSELA)… but retained the old gestures that are still responsible for the unique quality of Guérande Salt.
The founding of the agricultural cooperative in 1988 gave the salt workers complete control over their economic organisation. It contains around 190 operating salt workers and takes care of buying, storage, packing and marketing.
 
The Les Salines de Guérande producers’ cooperative was the real forerunner and initiator in the market for original, locally produced salts. Le Guérandais Guérande Salt obtained the Nature&Progrès label in 1989. In 1991, it also obtained the precious Label Rouge, and is currently the only salt to hold this Label.
 
In 1992, the Les Salines de Guérande cooperative set up a subsidiary, now merged, to market its members’ production.

250g of of Pure Fleur de Sel Celtic Salt.

Nothing added, nothing taken away.

Certified organic in France.

84 minerals and trace elements.

This very fine and rare salt is best used as a finishing salt at the end of cooking / at the table.

For more general use, the Celtic Salt is better value. Many customers buy one of each for the best of both worlds!

The Government recommends a maximum of 6g daily of salt. This of course relates to toxic table talt, which should ideally be totally eliminated from the diet.

Thank you for letting me know the situation. It is only the Fleur de Sel that I am interested in so I am happy to wait until you have it in stock. Hopefully this will be before Christmas as it is a present to my husband (we visited the Guerande salt marshes where we bought our original box which is almost empty!)  Perhaps you could advise me when you have received your stock so I know when to expect a delivery. Kind regards Karen


Dear sirs, firstly, my compliments on your superb product list - I've just purchased a 1Kilo bag of Celtic Sea Salt from you, I bought a half kilo bag from another source last year which was almost the same price as yours!  I'm into bodybuilding, from a purely 'muscle building' aspect would Bee Pollen be a more effective muscle builder (in your opinion) than Argentinean Dessicated Beef Liver?  Looking forward to your reply, Shaun


Thanks very much for fast delivery, that's always near the top of my list when choosing suppliers. Of course the products have to be of high quality, first and foremost.  Salt is delicious, so much better than the white coarse-grain sea-salt I had been using. Look forward to the increased health benefits.


Firstly I am too new a customer to rate the products, but certainly your information on the products is most comprehensive, and with great joy I read there was salt that I could have in my diet


I love your salt, and thanks for the salt grinder.
Kind regards, David


Thank you for explaining about the difference in cost with the trademarked salt, it makes a lot more sense now!


Hi There, discovered you last week by 'accident' and LOVING what you stand for! Integrity is becoming more difficult to find and your website is so upfront and informative.

So, my question; I have been using Himalayan pink salt, thinking it was the best... is the Celtic salt the next step up again please? (see this article on Himalayan v Celtic Salt)

Also, just want to thank you for your article on the real truth about those cholesterol lowering spreads. I personally don't use them but my friend was until I emailed her a link to your article. I have used Organic butter for years but now I want to start using Raw organic butter/milk. Thank you again. A BIG fan already x Elaine


One thing I would mention though, if I hadn't been browsing some time ago, and of course you then did an article about your salt, then I wouldn't have realised that you sold it at all.  Now that I have found it, no other salt will do! Thank you again for taking the trouble to write to me, one of your many customers, Lilian


Hi there,thanks for your message. I use both your salt and chlorella and think they are fantastic. The chlorella arrived yesterday. Enjoy the rest of your summer (or what's left of it :). Take care. ?


Wow, thats what I call service and some. Just Blink`t and the postman was ringing my door bell with my salt. Many many thanks. I will tell my friends and family about your firm


I was intending to buy some Celtic salt for my mum the last few days – have been gradually encouraging her to use it more by taking over amounts in jars

So was an unexpected lovely 12/12/12 bonus to be rewarded today for buying it - Thank you – your stuff is wonderful


The reordered salt arrived yesterday, many thanks indeed. I would like to complement your company for your excellent costumer service, you are heads above most companies I have dealt with. I will gladly patronise you again. Best regards, Annabel.


 

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