White halibut, also called Atlantic halibut, is the largest member of the flatfish family. It has both eyes on one side, which is dark grey while the other side is white. It is a territorial fish that grows very slowly and matures late, giving an excellent seafood product for innovative cooking solutions.
White halibut has a special history that stretches back a very long time. Myths and legends reflect the extraordinary status and importance the inhabitants of the Norwegian coast, for example, have attributed to this flatfish. Rock carvings found in stone-age settlements more than 10,000 years old tell us it has been appreciated for millennia.
In ancient Norway, white halibut was seen as a holy fish, nicknamed the “God fish”, a personification of the wise, kind and blond Norse god named Balder. Traditionally white halibut has been served at special family occasions such as Christmas dinners and weddings. Halibut continues to hold a special place in the hearts of the Norwegian coastal people.