HVÖNN (Angelica archangelica) has fresh pine and citrus notes, dominated by a sweet-smelling compound known as angelica lactone, a unique scent, similar to, yet entirely different from, fennel, parsley, anise, caraway or chervil. Hvönn was well known by the first settlers of Iceland in the 9th century and extensively used for human consumption. It is mentioned in the Icelandic sagas, most memorably in the Saga of the Sworn Brothers (Fóstbræðra saga), famously satirized by Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness in his novel about the Happy Warriors, whose lives were not all that happy. Icelandic hvönn is known both for its medicinal qualities and its distinctive flavor and heady fragrance.
SÖL (Palmaria palmata) Seaweed gives a unique, savory sensation which differs from the four basic tastes of sweet, sour, salty and bitter. It is known as umami, a word derived from a Japanese word for “delicious”. It is first mentioned in the Western World in Egil’s Saga, the story of the 10th-century Icelandic farmer, warrior, and poet Egil Skallagrimsson. In the Orient, seaweed has been consumed for thousands of years. SÖL has been proven to have a number of health benefits, but we like it for its exotic flavor and fragrance.