French Sea SaltA few years ago I bought a small container of French sea salt for what I thought was an extravagant price. Since then my whole family has become addicted to its light, briny taste, so much more delicate and pleasing than regular salt. We now use French sea salt at the table and because such a small amount is needed I can see now that the price was not at all extravagant. I still have a container of regular table salt that I use to cook with, but I can't imagine our house will ever be without this special salt to accompany our meals.
Fleur de Sel
Celtic Salt - Grey Salt
Sea Salt NutritionBecause French sea salt is not refined, unlike most table salt, it retains more of the original nutritive qualities of salt. Fleur de sel is rich in magnesium and although it does contain some iodine naturally, it does not have iodine added to it like a lot of table salt. However, getting enough iodine is rarely a problem in our over-salted world. Are you concerned with consuming too much sodium and therefore hesitate to salt your food, even with a high quality product like these French sea salts? Please consider that a small sprinkle of salt (and that's all you will need to enjoy a fleur de sel product) might contain about 50 milligrams of sodium. In comparison, a fast food hamburger can contain 600 grams. The US RDA for sodium intake is 2400 mg or about 1 teaspoon of salt. That's a lot of fleur de sel sprinkles or four hamburgers. Your choice!
Salt in French Cooking
Salt in French HistoryI have sometimes wondered about the importance of salt in history, it just didn't seem like that important of a thing to me. But when you realize that for a long time it was the only way people had to preserve food, it's importance is evident. In French history, the tax on salt called the gabelle played an important role in many events. People who attempted to avoid this tax by illegally importing salt, were known as faux sauniers (or fake salt harvesters) and were punished brutally. There still exists today a so-called Salt Road ( la Route de sel ) which links Italy with the south of France.
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