- 100% Natural
- Gourmet Sea Salt
- Slow Food Award Winner
Something more than just NaCl
As with other sea salts where the place of harvesting is specifically designated, such as Fleur de Sel from the region around Nantes, France, or Maldon salt from Britain, or Trapani salt from Sicily, it is the components of the salt that are not sodium chloride (NaCl) that distinguish Flor de Sal from other seasoning salts. Although nothing has been added by human hands to the Flor de Sal that has been harvested from the ocean, at least four percent of Belamandil Flor de Sal comprises minerals that are not NaCl, and that four percent makes all the difference. In case your mind’s eye conjures visions that the non-NaCl component is the garbage that you may have seen dumped into the Mediterranean, put your fears to rest. The coast of the Algarve region of Portugal, where Belamandil Flor de Sal is harvested, is on the Atlantic side of the Straits of Gibraltar, a part of a very large and self-healing Atlantic Ocean ecosystem.
Also, like the French Fleur de Sel, the Portuguese Belamandil Flor de Sal is only the “flower” of the salt, skimmed from surface blooms, rather than, as many sea salts are, evaporated from large quantities of sea water that have been scoured from varying depths of the ocean. Flor de Sal’s surface blooms have been exposed to direct unfiltered sunshine (they disappear in rainstorms), a natural purifying process. The process causes the salt to form small thin wafers rather than clumpy amorphous granules, and that shape causes the Flor de Sal to have a tactile but quickly yielding crunch that is very different from chomping down on grains of ordinary table salt.
As gourmet foods go, Flor de Sal is a great bargain. For the price of only enough gasoline for a very few days of an urban commute to work, you can buy more than a full pound of Flor de Sal, which will go a LONG way. You will enjoy the Flor de Sal much more than the commute, I guarantee you.
Flor de Sal, the cream of salt from Portugal
The taste difference between Flor de Sal and lower grades of salt can be compared to the difference between pure, high-grade maple syrup and corn-syrup-based artificial pancake syrups. Most people who have tried maple syrup never want to go back to eating the artificial syrups because the real maple syrup has a subtle and rich flavor, which artificial syrups totally lack. Likewise, Flor de Sal has a rich, creamy, sweet flavor (and melts on your tongue). It also contains trace minerals needed for good health such as magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium.