Fiore del sale, or the flower of salt, is also referred to as the “caviar of salts” - and like caviar it is best eaten raw. This salt flower's lovely light, snowflake shaped particles are naturally rich in iodine, fluorine, magnesium and potassium, with a much lower percentage of sodium chloride than regular table salt. A small quantity of this fiore di sale, gathered from Mediterranean seawater along the northwest coast of Sicilia, is sufficient to salt your favorite dishes. Sprinkle this high quality finishing salt on roasted potatoes and homemade french fries, salads, grilled meat or fish, and fresh sliced tomatoes.
Each spring, the salt pans are filled with seawater, which is left to evaporate in the heat of the Sicilian summer sun and strong African winds. As the water evaporates and the salt starts to crystallize, the fiore del sale are the young salt crystals that form on the top. This real Italian sea salt is completely unrefined and untreated, unlike industrial salt, which is harvested by machines that pollute the salt; it then must be washed and stripped of its natural minerals, which are re-added with chemicals.