This, for me, is the king of salt. Fleur de Sel (literally “Flowers of Salt”) come from the topmost layer of sea salt before the latter sinks to the bottom of the salt pan.
It’s harvested by hand, and if you could see the top of the cork cover in the above photo, you would see the name of the man who harvested the salt contained therein. Yes, it’s that precious.
If you’ve never had Fleur de Sel, you might think- ah, salt is salt. But take a few granules of this, and let it melt on your tongue, and you’ll understand.
That said, this is not salt you necessarily “cook” with- regular kosher salt is best for that. No, this is sprinkling salt. That is, I like to sprinkle Fleur de Sel on almost everything- it’s divine on a freshly grilled steak, and is the secret behind perfect chocolate chip cookies. It’s perfect on caramel, and can turn ordinary sliced tomatoes into something otherworldly.