It all started with nettle pesto, or more so its absence from Finnish grocery stores.
One beautiful spring evening in 2015, a group of friends met on a wild herb course in Helsinki. At the end of the course, we tasted pesto made of fresh nettles and other wild herbs. It was insanely delicious and at the same time healthy and sustainable. This moment totally changed the lives of all of us and opened our eyes to what is around us. The experience took the prestige of our local nature to a totally new level. We desired more culinary adventures like this and more information.
Why do we ship "superfood" from abroad to Finnish grocery stores when our nettle beats for instance spirulina by far with its purity, versatility and taste? And most importantly, why don’t we appreciate what’s close to us? As far as our nature and forests are concerned, the grass is certainly not greener on the other side. In Finland, we have the cleanest nature in the whole world and the possibility to offer the world's highest quality food for export.
Helsinki Wildfoods Oy was born from these ideas, and today, we are proudly selling nettle pesto and other products made of herbs, berries and mushrooms around the world.
METTÄ = A traditional Finnish word for forest
METTÄ brand was born out of our desire to share the pure, pristine and exciting flavours of Nordic forests with the rest of the world, to share a piece of the Nordic forest magic. We aspire to do this in the best possible way, sharing only the highest quality, completely pure ingredients in their natural form with nothing added to them and providing them in a sustainable and responsible manner.
So why are we do keen about Nordic ingredients? Because here in the Nordics, we are lucky to hold home to the cleanest nature in the world. We have an abundance of natural superfoods that grow from the cleanest soil, fed by the cleanest air and water and are strengthened by the midnight sun. This makes them that extra bit great, packed with nutrients and flavours.
At METTÄ, our mission is to share the natural superfoods our Nordic nature provides us from herbs, berries and mushrooms with the rest of the world.
Quality is our promise to you. We offer only the highest quality products, direct to you from the Nordic forests. All our products are 100% natural, we use absolutely no additives or preservatives. We carefully select our ingredients and package them in quality and sustainably to protect their naturally delicate aromas and contents. METTÄ invites you on an adventure, a small escape if you like, into the Nordic pure and pristine forest, right from your home kitchen.
Rooted in responsibility and transparency
We love our forests and our nature and we do the best we can to respect it so that our adventures into the METTÄ (forest) can continue in harmony and balance.
Our ingredients are sourced with the highest focus on responsibility and we build lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with our suppliers. Together, we work hard to make sure our whole chain of production works responsibly and safeguards the highest quality ingredients. We have personally and carefully selected each of our suppliers. We know each of them and we know where our products come from, we can trace them to their roots and we can trust in their quality.
We are proud to provide our flavours in packages that are 100% compostable and can be disposed of with biowaste. This way, the culinary adventure can be thoroughly enjoyed, knowing we are doing all we can to provide sustainable enjoyment. Once opened, our packages can be resealed and will protect your natural gold. Read more about our ingredients and packaging here.
We are always working on developing our products and our packaging to be even better, and even more sustainable. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with suggestions and tips!
Read more about our company from some of the articles we have been featured in:
Gastronomie & Hotellerie (in German)