fleur de sel

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French fleur ‎(flower) + de ‎(from or of) + sel ‎(salt); literally, “salt flower” or “salt blossom.”


fleur de sel ‎(plural fleurs de sel)

  1. Floating salt crystals skimmed from the surface of evaporating ponds.
    • 2002: “Egyptian salt from Alexandria was highly appreciated, especially their fleur de sel, the light crystals skimmed off the surface of the water.” - Mark Kurlansky, Salt: A World History