While it’s recommended by the health community to limit our consumption of salt, especially when we have a Western diet, salt is also very important in our everyday life. Do you know the specificities of the Salt of Camargue? We brought our kids on an adventure to discover this worldwide renowned product, used by many famous chefs. Here are some fun facts they brought back for you!
A little bit of history
Camargue is a region in the South of France with magnificent landscapes. Our Teuko kids paid a visit to the salt production site near Aigues-Mortes, which can be traced back to Antiquity (4 BC). The name of Aigues-Mortes comes from the marshes and lagoons that surrounded the village: Aquae Mortuae in Latin meaning “dead” or “stagnant” waters.
The original Peccius (Paccais) salt-works, the oldest on the Mediterranean coast, go back to Antiquity. At the beginning of the Christian era, Peccius, a Roman engineer, was assigned to organize salt production in Aigues-Mortes. In the XII century, almost all the Peccais salt-workers were owned by monks and the Lords of Uzès and Aimargues. In 1248, when the territory of Aigues-Mortes was handed over to Louis IX (King Saint Louis), the monks had a new salt-works built for themselves. In March 1290, the lord Bermond of Uzès handed over the ownership of the entire Peccais plot to King Philip the Fair (King Saint-Louis’ grandson).
About the salt
There is 260g (9.2oz) of salt for each liter of sea water. The sea is at 15km (9.3 miles) but the water makes a journey of 60-75km (37-47miles). At the same time, an algae journeys also through all the basins of the marshes, and when dying, this algae discharges the carotene, which gives the water its pink color.
The salt is harvested twice a year, in July and in September, and in a very special way. During the summer, when the wind stops blowing, millions of salt crystals are formed on the surface of the water, which make the Camargue Fleur de Sel. Fleur de Sel is harvested by hand in accordance with tradition. It has the pink color at that time, and becomes naturally white as it dries. See how high and impressive are the mountains of salt called “camelles”!
Ideas for your next lunch boxes
Fleur de Sel has been known for many years as the very best sea salt can offer; a treasure of taste that everyone can now enjoy. Traditionally, and up until recently, it was the privilege of the people who worked on the salt marshes. Now, you can get it directly at your door, even when you live in the Far West! 🙂
Made up of slightly moist crystals with a distinctive grain size and flavor, the Fleur de Sel dissolves slowly on the tongue and delicately enhances the flavor of the dishes it accompanies.
How to get the best of Fleur de Sel in a lunchbox? Check out our Teuko Kids’ favorite:
Ready to add a touch of Fleur de Sel in your next lunchbox? Show us what you do by uploading a photo onTeuko.com or with the hashtag #Teuko on Facebook or Instagram!
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