Dímunargarður has developed a unique sparkling alcoholic cider made from excess white turnips called Mai Rótabryggj.
The inspiration for the cider stems from the first EMBLA awards in 2017, where Dímunargarður won the Nordic Food Producer category.
Eva and Jógvan Jón from Dímunargarður met with the Danish candidate Æblerov (producer of cider from excess apples) during the ceremony in Copenhagen. Since their white turnips are almost pear-like in flavor, the possibility of producing a completely unique product, a root cider, was discussed. The excess roots were being used as cattle feed, and a cider would both increase the value of the resource and extend the durability of the product.
Dímunargarður formed a partnership with the local brewery Okkara and its master brewers, Søren Antoft and Høgni Jensen, to solve the challenges of creating a new product from a novel resource. The finished product, the Mai Rótabryggj, was taken to market in 2019.
The distinct flavor of the cider is a great fit with the powerful umami taste of the traditional fermented meats of the Faroe Islands, and it can also be used in refreshing mixed drinks.