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