Lunch in an Icelandic Tomato Greenhouse
Have you ever eaten a meal inside a greenhouse? In the center of Iceland, where there’s truly not much in the way of dining or entertainment, Friðheimar greenhouse glows with a warm, friendly light. Here four different varieties of tomato are grown, producing 20% of the tomatoes in Iceland. Food is served among the tomato plants, and you hear the sizzle of the greenhouse lights, and the humming of the little bees that pollinate all the plants. (Remarkably, they stick to the plants and little boxes of honeycombed hives on the floor and don’t come near you.)
The cuisine at Friðheimar is …. guess. Come on, guess.
Tomatoes! As in tomato soup with crème fraîche and cucumber salsa and tortellini filled with ricotta and covered in tomato sauce. For dessert, flowerpots of tomato ice cream, and cheesecake with green-tomato and cinnamon jam.
Check out the family portrait on the wall behind Sistah Woman. This is the family that runs Friðheimar. The husband is an agronomist and the wife a horticulturalist; their five children also work on the produce. They grow tomatoes all year round, despite Iceland’s long, dark winters, under artificial lighting in greenhouses. They also breed horses and put on dressage shows in fourteen different languages.
Friðheimar is open from noon to four, every day, all year round in Selfoss. I couldn’t find an address, so I hit up a couple turns off a roundabout and hoped I would find it. I did – Iceland is helpful like that.