The salts from Guérande are certified organic by France’s Nature & Progrés. This is the most rigorous salt certification process, which equates to purity and quality.
The base of all of Mrs. Belem’s seasoning products comes from Guérande, France. Guérande is a small village in the Brittany region of France. The finest salt in the world comes from here and it is most famously known for its salt marshes, the quality of its sea salt and its world renowned Fleur de Sel.
What makes the salt from this region so unique and special is two-fold. First of all the salt is hand-harvested in the same way today as it was more than 1,000 years ago- it is a Celtic tradition that comes from the 9th century. Secondly, it is the quality of the salt, it is pure, delicious and does wonders to anything it touches and its quantities are determined by nature and nothing else. The mineral salt marshes of Guérande are natural clay-lined seawater ponds, this is where the salt gets its beautiful coloring and natural taste from, when the seawater evaporates it passes along all of the vital nutrients and valuable minerals of this exceptional French clay, which also adds an extraordinary yet subtle flavor to these fine salts.
We only use spices from the finest suppliers in the world, our suppliers have a true passion for their craft and their product. They are artists in their own right as they truly nurture their crops and gently handle their produce to ensure that the integrity of the plant has been distilled or dried to perfection allowing for their taste, color and aroma to shine through.
Our blends are lovingly created to be balanced, to be extraordinarily flavorful, visually beautiful and to have an enticing aroma. We do this in a number of ways and unfortunately cannot divulge all of our secrets but we can assure you that each final blend has gone through hundreds of reiterations and tweaks until we feel they are finally right for you. What we can tell you is that one of our secrets lies in our old fashioned hand-mill. What makes our final product so special is that we have discovered that each recipe requires its own special granular size.
This is simple, our products taste great; Mrs. Belem products were created to be truly flavorful and to entice the senses. Each recipe has a subtle, yet very aromatic scent, what you smell is also what you taste. Our products are carefully crafted to enhance the flavors of the food you are preparing. We try to take you on a flavorful journey and culinary adventure with each blend we offer from the hills of Provence, to the exotic lands of India, to the playfulness of the Bayou or to the extreme worlds of the Pepper.
SO HOW DO WE MAKE OUR PRODUCTS?
We cook with our products (and future products) everyday, we try everything and we create dishes that we share with our friends, family and clients. We get inspirations from around the world as we love to try new things and we are fortunate that we have friends and family that live in all 4 corners of the globe to give us inspiration as well as cooking tips. We then tweak our recipes so we can share them with you so you can invent your own seasoning love story recipes.
Cured lemon and tomato Provencale Risoto with Mrs Belem Provencale Natural Sea Salts and Seasoning Spices.