This moist and coarse gray salt is the essence of France, used by all the country's finest chefs. It comes from Guerande, on the western coast of France, south of Brittany, which is home to carefully preserved wetlands where salt is naturally cultivated in marshes by the forces of sun, sea, and wind. This salt is hand harvested by artisan paludiers (craftsmen salt harvesters) using wooden rakes and ancestral, centuries-old techniques to sweep the top of the evaporating sea water, and then the salt is drained and dried in the heat of the sun. You get pure, clean, potent unrefined salt, without any chemical treatment, preservatives, or additives. Tinted gray by the nutrients that reside in the clay lining the salt pond, this storied salt gives a seaside sensation emanating the nuances and flavor of the ocean.