Gros Sel, $15
Gros Sel, or coarse salt, consists of large crystals transpiring a light grey color due to their interaction with the nutritive clay earth. It is hand-harvested by salt workers in Île de Ré, France and has a subtle flavor and crisp texture that makes it perfect for cooking. The Gros Sel is presented in a hand-thrown porcelain salt jar commissioned for Stories + Objects by master ceramicist Roberto Carrillo. The 250g of Gros Sel is available exclusively through Stories + Objects in a numbered edition of one hundred salt jars. Now available in a 250g refill portion starting at fifteen dollars without the signature salt jar.
THE ART OF SEA SALT
Brice Collonier is a saunier, or salt worker, collecting salt on the French island of Île de Ré in a tradition that dates back to the twelfth century when it was introduced by Cistercian monks.
Brice is amongst a new generation of salt workers that have rediscovered this craft that was nearly abandoned on the isle. He carves and reshapes the landscape continually, according to the winds and temperature, resulting in the cultivation of two natural, hand-crafted products - the highly nutritive, grey-hued gros sel and the rich in flavor, pure white fleur de sel.
Île De Ré, France
Île de Ré is a small island located on the west coast of France two miles off the coast of La Rochelle in the Poitou-Charentes region. Originally an archipelago consisting of a few small islands brought together by silage and the formation of the salt marshes, Île de Ré’s abundant waters and soil means that local markets and restaurants are stocked year-round, not only with salt, but with locally cultivated potatoes, wine and oysters that are harvested at low tide off shore. The idyllic weather and charming villages make the island a favored destination for chic Parisians and nature enthusiasts alike.