Matís' vegetable book provides information about vegetables from harvest to consumer


Ólafur Reykdal

Project Manager

Matís' vegetable book is now available to everyone on Matís' website. This web book provides accessible information about vegetables, from harvest to the time the vegetables reach the consumer's table. The importance of domestic vegetable production for food security, the healthiness of vegetables, proper storage conditions, packaging of vegetables and how to reduce waste of vegetables are discussed. Emphasis is placed on short, concise text, and additional information can be retrieved by clicking on links in the text.

The project was funded by Þróunrfé garðyrkju, which is managed by the Ministry of Food. The goals of the project were to increase knowledge about the best treatment of vegetables and thus increase the quality of vegetables on the market and promote less waste. It is also hoped that consumer interest in Icelandic vegetables and their healthiness will increase.

At Matís, many projects on vegetables have been carried out. Particular attention has been drawn to results on vegetable by-products, packaging of vegetables and the health effects of packaging materials. You can now access the results of the projects through the vegetable book. There is reason to point out that it is possible to obtain information on the best storage conditions for the various types of vegetables, but there has been a lack of such information. Finally, it can be pointed out that the new Nordic nutritional recommendations emphasize the consumption of vegetables.   


Efling grænmetisræktar á Íslandi / Increased opportunities in Icelandic vegetable production




Guðjón Þorkelsson, Anna Lára Sigurðardóttir, Vigfús Ásbjörnsson, Sandra Rún Jóhannesdóttir, Gunnþórunn Einarsdóttir, Kolbrún Sveinsdóttir, Valgerður Lilja Jónsdóttir

Supported by:

Job creation in coastal areas


Guðjón Þorkelsson

Strategic Scientist

Efling grænmetisræktar á Íslandi / Increased opportunities in Icelandic vegetable production

The purpose of this project was to identify opportunities in domestic vegetable growing at the expense of imported vegetables. The conditions of vegetable growers in Iceland were studied and the environment in which they live was brought to the surface. A preliminary survey was conducted on possible mapping of areas in Iceland and a search was made for possible information available for such mapping. A lot of useful information was found that is owned by parties who want to provide it if such mapping were to be carried out in the future. An extensive study was carried out on the school canteen and the food on the tables. The study was conducted with the aim of identifying and creating opportunities for vegetable producers to increase their production and processing of vegetables for a new target group that would be the school canteen of the future where domestic production would have more space.

The purpose of this project was to discover opportunities in local production of vegetables on the cost of imported products in the same industry. The conditions for local producers in Iceland were analyzed and the environment around them brought to the surface. An analyzes where taken on the possibilities on producing maps for Icelandic vegetable producers where different growing conditions for vegetable production would be brought into one map for the producers to have to see different condition for different vegetable in different areas in Iceland. It was discovered that lots of data is available for such a map which will be available if a production of such a map will take place. A big research was performed on a school canteen with the purpose of discovering opportunities for local producers for entering into this type of market segment in Iceland where the locally produced vegetables would get more space.

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