Harvested by hand and sun dried, flor de sal is one of the most coveted sea salts in the world. Produced in the same manner near the Bay of Cádiz for thousands of years, flor de sal is light and fluffy - perfect for use in a wide variety of recipes. Flor de sal's versatility makes it an essential seasoning in both home and professional kitchens worldwide.
Blended with a touch of sweet Muscat wine, this unusual black salt has a mild flavor perfect for grilled or roasted vegetables, salads and fish. A pinch of this black flor de sal scattered across a platter of grilled fish or a mixed green salad makes a stunning presentation!
Muscat wine, also known as Moscatel, is a sweet white wine with a bright aromatic, fruity flavor. It is traditionally produced in Spanish wine regions near the Mediterranean sea. Blended with sea salt, it adds a subtly sweet, fruity taste. This sea salt is also mixed with a tiny amount of natural charcoal (0.085%), purely to create its striking appearance.
Salina San Vicente is one of the last remaining companies producing salt in the salt fields above the Bay of Cádiz. Manuel Ruiz, his wife Reglín and their children are the fourth generation of the Ruiz family to run Salina San Vicente.
For the last 3,000 years, numerous civilizations have used these small salt flats in the Bay of Cádiz. Only 60 acres in diameter, the flats take advantage of strong, constant winds from the Sahara Desert in Africa that facilitate the evaporation of seawater.
To harvest the salt of Salina San Vicente, briny seawater from the Bay of Cádiz is channeled into elongated ponds, where it remains for about six weeks. During this time, the salt is concentrated through evaporation and the salt acts as a natural purifier - leaving a very clean saline water that will eventually produce flor de sal.
The saline water constantly flows from one pond to another through gravity. No machinery or water pumps are necessary to facilitate the process.
The salt harvest begins in the hot months of July and August each year. Every evening, flor de sal, or 'flower of the salt', is gathered from the surface of the water. Clean and delicate, with a unique flavor, flor de sal delights food lovers around the world. After hand picking, the flor de sal is sun dried and sieved to remove all impurities. The salt is never washed and contains trace minerals including iodine, iron and calcium.