Transcript: Ep. 7 - Italy and Denmark | Oct 02, 2017

Fast clips show images of an ant colony.

A caption reads "Ben Reade. Head of Culinary Research."

Ben is in his early thirties, clean-shaven and with short wavy red hair.

Ben says OUR GOAL IS TRYING
TO MAKE MORE TASTY FOOD
AVAILABLE TO MORE PEOPLE.

The caption changes to "Josh Evans. Lead Researcher."

Josh is in his late twenties, clean-shaven and with short wavy brown hair. He wears a blue and red checkered shirt.

Clips show Ben and Josh looking for bugs around the world.

Ben says TO TRY AND LEARN
FROM THESE CULTURES.

A caption reads "Roberto Flore. Head Chef."

Roberto is in his late twenties, with a black beard and short black hair. He wears a blue shirt.

Roberto cooks outdoors and tastes some green ingredient.

Josh continues THERE ARE MANY CULTURES AROUND THE WORLD
WHERE INSECTS ARE NOT JUST EATEN,
BUT WHERE THEY ARE A DELICACY.

Ben tastes a dish made of bugs and says I MEAN, AS A FOOD
IT KICKS ASS, BASICALLY.

A local person opens up a piece of fruit that is full of tiny insects on the inside.

A man says OH, IT'S ALIVE.

The caption changes to "Andreas Johnsen. Filmaker."

Andreas is in his early forties, with slightly wavy light brown hair. He wears a white sweatshirt and a brown fishing hat.

He eats a bug and says WOW.

Ben says WHAT WE REALIZED IS
THAT THE TECHNIQUES ARE WAY MORE DIVERSE THAN
WE'D POSSIBLY EVER IMAGINED.
HOW TO COOK INSECTS? IT WOULD BE LIKE SAYING
HOW TO COOK MAMMALS, HOW TO COOK BIRDS?
SO WE TREAT THEM DIFFERENTLY.

Wearing aprons, Ben and Josh speak to a crowd.

Ben says HI, I'M BEN.

Josh says I'M JOSH. WE'RE FROM NORDIC FOOD LAB.

Ben says NORDIC FOOD LAB
IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT,
OPEN-SOURCE FOUNDATION.

A picture shows the façade of the building with the caption "Copenhagen. Nordic Food Lab."

Ben says WE'RE A NON-FOR-PROFIT OPEN SOURCE
FOUNDATION, AND WE AIM TO EXPLORE DELICIOUSNESS.
AND IT'S FROM THIS ANGLE WE CAME TO THE INSECTS THING.

He tastes an insect and says OKAY.

A male voice says EVERYONE WILL BE BETTER OFF
IF WE EAT A FAIR AMOUNT
OF INSECTS IN OUR LIVES.

A black slate appears with the title "Bugs. Italy... Denmark."

An animated map homes in on Italy and the towns of Rome and Seneghe.
Cattle graze in a meadow. The team stand by.

(gentle rhythmic music plays)

An earthenware pot is full of a sticky white mixture. A caption reads "Casu Marzu... Cheese with Maggots."
One of the team holds a white maggot on some earth in his hands. A caption reads "Cockchafer Larvae."
A white bowl contains white squirmy creatures. A caption reads "Bee Larvae Drones."
A man in a green coat and cap stands in a dairy milking facility with his hand on a cow's rump. A caption reads "Francesco Corrias, Cheese Maker."

Balding Francesco, in his fifties, stirs frothy milk with his arm.

Red-haired Ben says I LOVE THE FACT THAT
THIS IS JUST RELAXED.
HE'S, LIKE, USING
HIS HANDS TO DO IT.
THERE IS A DOG HERE.
I MEAN, THAT'S WHERE THE
SOURNESS COMES FROM, RIGHT?
BUT IT'S, LIKE,
CLEAN SOURNESS.
THERE IS NOTHING
DIRTY ABOUT IT.
Speaking Italian to Francesco, he says "IF YOU TASTE THE CHEESE, CAN
YOU TELL IF IT'S FROM MARCH OR JUNE?"

[Speaking Italian]
Franceso says "YES, YES, OF COURSE... THE BEST CHEESE IS FROM APRIL
AND MAY BECAUSE OF ALL THE FLOWERS AND AROMAS.
AND THE COWS EAT THEM ALL."
NOW WE CUT IT SO IT'S EASIER TO HANDLE."

He cuts it in a cross pattern and says I ALWAYS
DO EVERYTHING WITH A CROSS.
THESE ARE LESSONS PASSED DOWN
THROUGH THE FAMILY.

A middle-aged Italian man standing by says WHEN HE LEARNED
TO MAKE THE CHEESE,
HIS MOTHER
ALWAYS MADE THESE RITUAL SIGNS...
SIGNS PASSED DOWN THROUGH GENERATIONS. BECAUSE
THE WHOLE CYCLE OF THE FOODS,
FROM THE BREAD, THE CHEESE, EVERYTHING, IS
ALWAYS RELATED TO RELIGION."

Francesco passes a cheesy lump from one bowl to another. He then picks it up and kneads it.
He says IT'S A BIT WARMER NOW.
As he puts it in water and stretches the top of the lump, Roberto says NOW AT THE TOP HE'S MAKING HIS TRADEMARK.

Ben says HIS TRADEMARK?

Franceso says YES, YES.

Against images of swollen cheese lumps hanging from the ceiling, Ben says YOU PREFER THEY STAY PERFECT
LIKE THIS AND THE FLY DOESN'T INFECT THEM...
BUT IF THE FLY DOES,
IT'S O.K. AND YOU TREAT IT IN ANOTHER WAY?

Pointing to a small one, Franceso says YES, LIKE THAT ONE... I INFECTED IT
BECAUSE IT WASN'T WARM ENOUGH, SO I MADE A SMALL CUT AND PUT IN SOME OF THIS
GRAFT.

Pointing, Ben says SO YOU TOOK A PIECE OF THIS...
MADE A CUT AND SMEARED IT IN...
AND THEN THE WORMS GROW INSIDE.
SO THE THING I DIDN'T REALIZE BEFORE IS THAT
CASU MARZU IS A METHOD ONE
CAN APPLY TO ANY CHEESE?"

Franceso says CASU MARZU IS NOT A CHEESE...
IT'S A CHEESE THAT HAS HAD A PROBLEM,
AN ACCIDENT.

Roberto says ARE YOU READY?

Josh says WE'RE READY.

Ben says OH, YEAH.

Roberto hands Ben a piece of cheese with small white worms in it.

Roberto says IT'S THE FIRST TIME?

Josh and Ben taste the cheese.

Josh says YEAH.

Ben says IT'S SALTY, GRAINY,
HAS, LIKE...
STRONG AMMONIA,
BUT NOT TOO STRONG.

Josh says NO.

Later, Josh, Roberto and Ben stand by the road. Roberto offers Ben a piece of an orange cactus fruit.

Ben says THANK YOU.

Roberto says YOU LIKE?

Ben says YEAH, IT'S GOOD.
BIG FAT SEEDS, YEAH.

White cheese sits next to a cactus on a rock. A caption reads. "Casu Marzu ice cream."

A man signs in Italian next to a group of men. The team cuts cactus leaves.

Ben says THE ONLY THING WE'RE MISSING...

Roberto says HUH?

Ben says THE ONLY THING
WE NEED IS, LIKE,
MILK OR CREAM OR WATER
OR SOMETHING.

[singing continues]

Roberto says WE HAVE MILK!

Ben says RIGHT, LET'S COOK.

[All harmonizing in Italian]

Ben says ALLORA...
[singing continues]
OH, LOOK AT THIS.
IT'S FUCKING CRAWLING.
HOLY SHIT, THERE IS
A LOT OF WORMS IN THIS ONE.

Josh says WORMS MEANS DELICIOUS GELATO.
IT TASTES LIKE BUTTER.

Ben says WELL, IT TASTES GOOD.

Roberto says YEAH.

Ben says IT'LL BE A LOVELY GARNISH
ON TOP OF
THE ICE CREAM.

[Singing in Italian]

The team sits on the ground eating wormy cheese.

Ben says I LOVE THAT LITTLE NOISE,
"PLOP, PLOP, PLOP,"
AS THEY HOP AROUND.

Roberto says I THINK IT'S BEST TO MAKE
THE ICE CREAM WITH
THE PECORINO CHEESE.

Ben says I COMPLETELY AGREE.
SHOULD WE START MAKING
THIS, UH,
GELATO CLANDESTINO?

Roberto says YEAH.
[singing continues]

Ben stirs batter in a bowl as Roberto pours a liquid in it.

Roberto says PEOPLE SAY,
"THEY COOK! THEY COOK!"
YEAH, YEAH, THEY COOK!

[all singing in Italian]

Ben says WE ARE MAKING A CASU
MARZU ICE CREAM.
WITH THAT ONE.

The middle-aged Italian man says LET ME POUR IT
IN THE BOWL.

Stirring fast, Ben says WE HAVE AN ICE CREAM.
LIKE, THAT'S BEAUTIFUL.
THE CLANDESTINE ICE CREAM
WITH THE WILD
FINOCCHIETTO,
THE GRAPE SKINS
VINACCE,
AND THE WHITE GRAPES TAKEN
STRAIGHT OFF THE VINE,
AND CASU MARZU, AND A LITTLE
TOUCH OF LOCAL MILK.

[Speaking Italian]
The middle-aged Italian man tastes a spoonful of ice cream and says GOOD.

Josh says IT JUST TASTES REALLY
LIKE BLUE CHEESE.
BUT REALLY NUTTY.
IT'S ALMOST LIKE...
LIKE A REALLY SPICY
NOUGAT OR SOMETHING.

Ben says I THINK WE DID
JUST MAKE THE FIRST EVER...

Josh says CASU MARZU ICE CREAM.

Ben continues WORM ICE CREAM. YEAH.

Josh chuckles and says I'D SAY SO.
HERE'S TO FIRST!

Ben says MAGGOT ICE CREAM! WOOHOO!

They toast using their spoons.

Josh says HEY!

[Speaking Italian]

The animated map homes in on Denmark and Copenhagen.

On a rainy night, Ben and Josh walk into the lab.

Ben says ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
HOME AGAIN.

Josh says BACK TO WORK.

Ben says COULD WE NOT JUST
LEAVE IT IN HERE?
JUST, LIKE...
HAVE IT GET MOULDY
IN THERE.
GET WORMY.

They look inside small jars.

Josh says OH, YEAH, THESE ONES ARE
JUMPING AROUND!
I JUST HAD ONE
JUMP OUT AT ME.

Ben says OH, THEY ARE ALL OVER IT.

Josh says AH, IT SMELLS LIKE SARDINIA!

Ben says ALL RIGHT, LET'S JUST
GET THEM IN THERE.
THIS, I THINK, MANY PEOPLE
WOULD CONSIDER
SICK AND TWISTED.

Chuckling, Josh says IT'S LIKE A FRANKEN-CHEESE.

They wrap cheese in aluminum foil.

Ben says LET'S GET OUT OF HERE.

Josh says OKAY.

A caption appears on screen. It reads "Two weeks later."

[Whistling]

Ben says SMELLS LIKE DEATH.
REALLY QUITE LIKE DEATH.

Josh says I GUESS THAT'S A GOOD SIGN.

Ben says IT'S REALLY SMELLY, HUH?

Ben open the wrapped cheese and says OH, THEY ARE HOPPING!
THEY ARE HOPPING.
OH MY GOSH,
IT STINKS.

Ben says LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENED TO
THIS BLUE MONSTER.

Josh says THAT ONE IS PROBABLY THE MOST
DRAMATIC CHANGE.

Josh says THERE IS ACTUALLY, LIKE,
LIQUID THAT'S, LIKE,
POOLED ALL IN HERE.

Ben says I THINK, BASICALLY,
THEY'RE TOO SOFT.

Josh says YEAH, THEY HAVE TOO MUCH
MOISTURE IN THEM.

Ben says WELL, LET'S TRY
A BIT OF BREAKFAST.

Josh says IT'S REALLY EARLY IN
THE MORNING FOR THIS!

Ben says TO BE HONEST, I WOULD RATHER
A NORMAL CAMEMBERT.
ESPECIALLY AT THIS
TIME IN THE MORNING.

Josh says BUT IT'S NOT BAD, THOUGH.

Ben says NO. IT'S TRUE.

The animated map homes in Livo, Denmark.

A plastic container shows light gray and greenish insects. A caption reads "Cockchafer larvae."

The team approaches a house.

Ben says HI. SORRY, DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?

Emilie says OH, YEAH. YOU ARE
THE ENGLISH ONES?

Ben says I'M...

Emilie says YOU HAD TALKED
TO MY DAD?

Ben says YEAH, MAYBE...

Josh says YOU'RE KARSTEN'S DAUGHTER?

Emilie says YEAH, I AM.

Josh says HI, I'M JOSH.

Emilie says I'M EMILIE. HI.

Josh says NICE TO MEET YOU, EMILIE.
Roberto says NICE TO MEET YOU.

Ben says AND I'M BEN.

The caption changes to "Emilie Ovist Kjaergaard. Farmer." She is in her mid-twenties with curly red hair in a bun. She wears a white sleeveless dress.

Emilie says HELLO.
YOU WANT TO FIND THE...
I DON'T KNOW...

Josh says "OLDENBORRE."

Emilie says OLDENBORRE LARVAE, YEAH.
I HAVE SEEN THE
OLDENBORRE LARVAE,
AND I THINK IT'S
VERY DISGUSTING,
BUT WHAT YOU ARE
GOING TO DO IS VERY...

Ben says WE DON'T KNOW WHAT
WE ARE GONNA DO YET!

They laugh.

Ben continues WE NEED TO
FIND THEM FIRST!
THESE COCKCHAFER LARVAE...
WE WERE BEING TOLD THAT,
IN THE 1890S,
THAT CHILDREN USED TO
COLLECT THEM,
BECAUSE THEY WERE
AN AGRICULTURAL PEST,
AND THEN WERE PAID FOR
THEM BY THE KILO.
SO IN ORDER TO
GET RID OF THEM,
THE KIDS COLLECTED
THEM ALL.

Josh says THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE
IN THE WORLD
RIGHT NOW WHO ARE
REALLY LOOKING INTO THE IDEA
OF EATING INSECTS AS, LIKE,
A SERIOUS IDEA FOR
FOOD SECURITY,
AND FOOD SUPPLY,
AND THINGS LIKE THIS.
BUT NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE
REALLY TALKING ABOUT IT
IN A GASTRONOMIC WAY
OR IN TERMS OF
TRADITIONAL FOOD.
IT MIGHT BE NEW FOR US, BUT
FOR A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE
IN THE WORLD,
IT'S SOMETHING REALLY OLD,
IT'S WHAT THEY'VE BEEN
DOING FOR A LONG TIME.

Ben says YOU KNOW, LIKE, WE MET
THIS WOMAN IN KENYA,
EARLY 30S, WITH 9 CHILDREN,
AND THEY WERE COLLECTING
THESE LITTLE LARVAE.
AND SO SHE SHOWED US THE
TECHNIQUE ABOUT
HOW SHE WOULD
PROCESS THEM,
SO THEN WE CAN BRING
THAT KNOWLEDGE BACK HERE.
EVERY INSECT ADVENTURE
NEEDS ITS OWN HARDWARE.
HERE WE ARE.
SHOVELS GALORE.
WE HAVE HARDWARE.

The team stands in tall grass in an open field.

Andrea says HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT
IT IS HERE?

Karsten says I DON'T KNOW.

The caption changes to "Karsten Ovist Kjaergaard. Farmer." He is in his late forties, clean-shaven with short blond hair. He wears a pale gray shirt.

[Speaking Danish]

Shoveling dirt, Karsten says NORMALLY THIS CEREAL IS
GROWING IN THE WINTER TIME.
AND I WAS TOLD THAT IT
COULD BE SOWN IN SPRING.
SO I DID THAT.
BUT IT DIDN’T WORK OUT.
SO IN SPRING I PLOWED
EVERYTHING UP
AND SAW IT WAS
SEVERELY ATTACKED
BY THE COCKCHAFER LARVAE.
IT’S EATING THE ROOTS
AND THE PLANT DIES.
AND IT CAN DO A LOT OF
DAMAGE EVEN
ON BIG PLANTS.

Black haired Ranee kneels on the ground grabbing something and says IS IT THIS ONE? NO?

Karsten says YEAH, YEAH!
IT'S ONE OF THE SMALL ONES.

Ben says RANEE IS GOOD AT THIS GAME, HUH?

Ranee shows a tiny insect on the palm of her hand.

[Speaking Danish]

Karsten says I WOULD SAY IT’S
1 OR 2 YEARS OLD.
THEY’VE ALREADY FLOWN
AWAY FOR THIS YEAR.
THEY’RE ALREADY FLOWN
AWAY. THEY’VE
ALREADY GOTTEN
OUT OF THEIR COCOONS.
THESE HOLES, THEY’VE
USED TO GET UP
AND OUT.

Roberto says I'M TRYING TO
LOOK WHERE
THE PLANT IS
REALLY SMALL,
BECAUSE I THINK
THEY ARE, LIKE,
AFFECTED FROM
THE LARVAE.

Ben says AH, THAT'S A GOOD ONE.

Ranee says OH, THAT'S A BIG ONE! WOW!

Josh says THAT'S PROBABLY TWO YEARS.
TWO OR THREE YEARS.
I MEAN, THE SKIN, IT'S
VERY THIN, ACTUALLY.

Ben says YEAH, THEY LOOK PRETTY DELICATE.

Josh says MM-HMM. NOT LIKE THE SURI.

Two pictures showing small yellow worms appear in split screens. Captions read "Ugandan palm weevil" and "Peruvian suri."

Ben says BIG, SHARP MANDIBLES
FOR CHEWING THE ROOTS
OF THE PLANTS, I GUESS.
AND ALSO FOR
SELF-DEFENSE.
I MEAN, PROBABLY THEY
HAVEN'T BUILT THESE DEFENSES
ESPECIALLY AGAINST
HUMANS, BUT YOU KNOW...
A BUNCH OF OTHER THINGS,
YOU KNOW,
IF YOU PICK IT UP
TO EAT IT,
YOU HAVEN'T KILLED IT, AND
IT NIPS YOU ON THE TONGUE -
LIKE, IF YOU'RE A LITTLE
BIRD OR SOMETHING -
YOU PRETTY QUICKLY
DROP IT.

[Speaking Danish]

Pointing away, Karsten says IT LOOKS
LIKE A MORE THIN
CROP OVER THERE.

Ben says AH, YOU GOT ONE.
IN THE GROUND.
WHOA.

Roberto says BIG BOY.

Ben says OH, LOOK, THEY'RE FIGHTING!
IMMEDIATELY, THEY ARE
TRYING TO BITE EACH OTHER.
I GUESS THEY'RE
NOT THAT KEEN OF BEING
OUT OF THE GROUND,
ACTUALLY.
THERE...
SO THEY STOP
BITING EACH OTHER
AND START CONCENTRATING
ON HAVING A HAPPY DIG.

Ben keeps the larvae in a jar.

He continues IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'D NEED
A LOT OF THESE FOR A SNACK.
ONE HOPES THAT THEY
ARE A MASSIVE DELICACY.

Josh says WE'VE FOUND TEN
IN THE LAST
TEN MINUTES.

Andrea says WHAT HAPPENED?

Josh says COSMIC SHIFTS.
ALSO ROBERTO'S
DEVELOPING TECHNIQUE.

Roberto says THEY STAY
IN THE SURFACE, NO?
AND WE DON'T
NEED TO GO TOO DEEP.

Ben shakes a clump of dirt and says YEAH, I KNOCKED
THE HEAD OFF ONE.
AND WE DON'T EVEN KNOW
IF THEY'RE TASTY YET.
THEIR INSIDES GOES
QUITE FAR UP THE BODY.
AND THEY HAVE QUITE
A LOT OF LEGS.
SO I THINK THE LEGS
NEED TO BE TAKEN OFF.
THE HEADS OBVIOUSLY
LOOK PRETTY CRUNCHY.
I'M NOT SURE HOW MUCH
IS IN THEM, REALLY.

Kneeling on the ground, the team and a boy closely counts insects sitting on a plastic lid.

The boy says SIX... SEVEN...

Roberto says BUT ARE WE SURE
THESE ONES ARE EATABLE?

Ben says WE ARE SURE THERE IS A
HISTORY OF EATING THESE ONES.
THERE HAVE BEEN RECIPES
IN GERMANY FOR THEM.
THE ROMANS USED TO
EAT THEM.
SO WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE
HAVE EATEN THESE THINGS.
AND THEN, BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN
ELSEWHERE AND SEEN HOW PEOPLE
WHO CURRENTLY EAT SIMILAR
THINGS PROCESS THEM,
THEN MAYBE WE CAN
CROSS-APPLY
THAT KNOWLEDGE,
ESSENTIALLY,
SO THAT IT BECOMES
SOMETHING APPLICABLE HERE.

Outdoors, Robert cuts corn and Josh extracts a black insect out of a type of cocoon.

Showing the inside of a blender container, Roberto says THE CORN, BREAD CRUMBS,
TWO LEAVES OF
NASTURTIUM,
AND SOME RAMSONS SEEDS.
THERE ARE HEADS HERE,
IF YOU WANNA MAKE A PHOTO.

Roberto pours water on the ground as he sets a bonfire.

Andrea says ROBERTO, WHY DO YOU ADD
SO MUCH WATER?

Roberto says BECAUSE NOW, WHEN I
COVER IT WITH THE SOIL,
I MAKE THE FIRE ON TOP,
THE WATER BECOMES STEAM.
WHEN YOU ARE PREPARING
SOMETHING IN GENERAL,
PART IS WHAT
YOU ARE,
AND PART WHERE
YOU ARE, NO?
AND YOU HAVE TO
TRY EVER TO COMBINE
THE BOTH THINGS
AND CREATE SOMETHING.

A yellowish corn roll sits on green leaves. A caption reads "Steamed cockchafer larvae."

Emilie says SO I SHOULD EAT THIS?

Ben says YEAH.

Emilie chuckles and says OKAY.
IT'S GOOD.

Ben says YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST
STICKY, SWEET,
SALTY, SOUR,
BUT I DON'T THINK THAT
I CAN TASTE
ANY INSECT.
IT'S A FINE WAY OF, LIKE,
POPPING THE INSECTS IN,
BUT I DON'T THINK THAT IT'S
AN EXPRESSION OF THEM AT ALL.

Roberto says I THINK IT'S INTERESTING.
MAYBE TRY TO...
TRY TO IMPROVE MORE
THE TASTE OF THE INSECT.

The whole team eats steamed larvae.

A horse peacefully grazes.

Roberto talks to the camera and says IMAGINE TO LIVE IN
A PLACE LIKE THIS,
BECAUSE YOU ARE IN
THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE,
AND AT THE SAME TIME,
YOU ARE IN THE MIDDLE
OF EVERYTHING,
BECAUSE
IN THREE HOURS,
YOU CAN GO TO
COPENHAGEN.
AND STILL, I'M THINKING,
IN THE WINTER HERE
ONLY LIVE NINE PEOPLE,
YOU KNOW?
AND IT'S LIKE
YOU CAN LIVE
WITH YOUR BEST FRIENDS,
YOU KNOW?
AND... I DON'T KNOW,
IT'S...

A close-up shot of a beehive appears.

Josh says CAN WE HELP YOU WITH ANYTHING?

The caption changes to "Karen Ovist Kjaergaard. Farmer." She is in her late forties, with a short tight ponytail. She wears glasses and a green shirt.

Karen pushes a cart down the village.

Karen says YOU CAN JUST FOLLOW, AND
THEN WE SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
IT'S BECAUSE IT'S THE FIRST
TIME I HAVE TO TAKE
THE HONEY FROM
THE BEES,
AND I'M A NEW
BEEKEEPER,
SO I'M A LITTLE BIT
NERVOUS.

She laughs.

The caption changes to "Knud Sorensen. Beekeeper." Knud is in his mid-sixties, with a white beard and white hair. He wears glasses, a white shirt and light trousers.

Ben says I'M SO EXCITED TO TASTE
THE HONEY FROM
THIS ISLAND.
I THINK THIS ISLAND IS ONE OF
THE BEST-SMELLING PLACES
I HAVE EVER
BEEN TO.

[Speaking Danish]
Knud says LIVO IS TOTALLY FANTASTIC.
BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS
ORGANIC HERE.
NO PESTICIDES OR FERTILIZERS.
WE DON’T EVEN KILL
THE FLIES.

Knud laughs.

In the woods, the team watches Karen blow smoke wearing a white beekeeper suit.

Ben says AND DOES HE EVER WEAR
PROTECTIVE STUFF?
NO.

Ben says HE IS LIKE A ZEN MASTER.

Karen says I HAVE NEVER SEEN HIM
WITH PROTECTION.

Ben says AND HAVE YOU EVER SEEN HIM
BEING STUNG?

Karen says YES.

[Speaking Danish]

Knud takes out a wood beehive frame full of bees.

A man says ARE YOU LOOKING
FOR THE HEAVIEST?

Knud says YES.
MAYBE THIS ONE.

Ben says I WOULD THINK THAT NOW IS
THE TIME WHEN
THEY WOULD GET ANGRY.

Roberto says THEY ARE STINGING.

Ben says THERE IS NOTHING ON YOU, MAN.

Robert runs away from the bees.

Ben says HE IS JUST SHOWING
US ALL HIS ASS.

Ben laughs.

Andrea says THE BEE STUNG YOU?

Roberto says NO, NO.
USUALLY, IT IS LIKE A WAY TO
PREVENT YOUR SICKNESS
FOR THE NEXT YEAR,
SO I'M HAPPY.

Roberto chuckles.

Ben says YEAH, THEY SAY IT STIMULATES
THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.

Josh says IT'S A DRONE.
IT'S A MALE BEE.
IT DOESN'T HAVE
A STING ON IT.

Ben says SO THEY REMOVE
THE DRONE,
BECAUSE THE DRONE
IS THE MALE BEE,
AND IT IS THE
SLOWEST-GROWING
OF ALL OF
THE LARVAE.
SO THE QUEEN IS
THE FASTEST,
THEN THE WORKERS,
AND THEN THE DRONES.
AND BECAUSE OF THE
SLOW-GROWING NATURE
OF THE LARVAE,
THEN THE MITES,
WHICH ARE THESE
LITTLE ARACHNIDS,
LIKE A LITTLE
SPIDER RELATIVE,
WHICH GOES ON
THE BEE LARVAE,
AND ON THE BEES.

Close-up pictures of bees flash by. The caption changes to "Warroa mite."

Ben continues AND BECAUSE THESE GUYS
ARE SLOW-GROWING,
THEN THEY ARE PARTICULARLY
PROLIFIC.
IT'S ONE OF THE THINGS
WHICH IS BEING BLAMED
FOR COLONY COLLAPSE,
WHICH IS THIS
PHENOMENON WHICH IS
AFFECTING BEES
WORLDWIDE,
WHERE BASICALLY, SUDDENLY,
ONE DAY,
YOU HAVE A HIVE OF BEES,
AND THE NEXT DAY...
YOU DON'T.
THE HEAT COMING OFF IT
IS INCREDIBLE, ACTUALLY.
I WASN'T EXPECTING THAT.

Karen says THIS IS A PERFECT ONE.
YEAH.

Ben pops his finger in honey to taste it.

Ben says MMM.
OH MY GOD!
UNREAL!

[Speaking Danish]

Knud says STOP. THE BEES
SHOULD ALSO HAVE SOME.

[laughing]

Roberto says IT IS INCREDIBLY SWEET.

Ben says YEAH, BUT...
I LOVE ITS WARMTH.
IT'S LIKE WHEN YOU...

Karen says IT'S SWEET IN A GOOD WAY.

Ben says YEAH, BUT WHEN YOU...
I'VE NEVER HAD IT STRAIGHT
OUT OF THE HIVE BEFORE,
BUT IT COMES OUT AT, LIKE,
THE PERFECT TEMPERATURE.

Chuckling, Roberto says YEAH!

Ben says AND HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE
TO GO FROM AN EGG,
THROUGH LARVA,
TO PUPIL STAGE, INTO...

Karen says TWENTY-ONE DAYS.

Ben says OKAY.

Karen says FOR A SHE BEE. YEAH.

Ben says FOR A SHE BEE.
AND FOR A HE BEE?

Karen says A HE BEE, 24 DAYS.

Ben says OKAY.

Karen says SIXTEEN DAYS FOR A QUEEN.
IT IS THE FIRST TIME
I DO THIS.
USUALLY, IT'S KNUD
WHO SELLS THE HONEY HERE.

Ben says SO YOU ARE TAKING
OVER KNUD'S ROLE?

Karen says YES.

Ben says YOU HAVE TO LEARN
FROM THE MASTER.

Karen says YES.

Ben says YEAH.

Karen says AND I DO.

Karen says YEAH, I'M SURE.

[Speaking Danish]

Karen says THIS ONE IS VERY NICE.
LOOK AT IT.
YOU WOULD LIKE
SOME DRONES?

Ben says SOME LARVAE.

Karen says LARVAE, YEAH.

Ben says THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

Karen says THERE’S DIFFERENT STAGES.
IT STARTS OUT VERY MILKY
BEFORE IT GETS TO BE A LARVAE.
THEN THERE’S THE
SOFT LARVAE WHICH
IS THE BEST TO EAT
BEFORE IT GETS OUT
OF THE NEST
IT HAS GUTS AND A HEAD
AND WINGS.
MOSTLY EVERYHING.

As Karen speaks, Knud distracts bees from a small honeycomb piece.

Andrea says KNUD, DO YOU
EAT THE LARVAE?

Knud says NO,
IT’S SOMETHING BENTE
HAS TAUGHT ME.

Andrea says YOU HAVE TASTE IT, THEN?

Knud says YES.
IT DOESN’T TASTE
OF ANYTHING.
BUT THEY’RE NICE
WHEN THEY’RE
DEEP FRIED.
THEN THEY CRUNCH.

Ben says LIKE QUITE SOFT FATS.
LIKE OILS.
ALMOST LIKE COCOA
BUTTER, KIND OF.

The caption changes to "Steamed bee larvae."

Now, by a bush, Roberto stuffs larvae into a green type of thick flower stem.

Josh says I PUT SOME OF THESE
AT THE BOTTOM.

Ben says ARE YOU GONNA STUFF IT DOWN
WITH ANOTHER STICK?
I FEEL IT'S SORT OF ECHOING
REALLY OLD-SCHOOL MUSKETS -
YOU KNOW, LIKE, STUFFING
BULLETS DOWN THE...

Josh says YEAH, FOR SURE.

Roberto says FOR CLOSING, WITH THE WAX.

Andrea says COULD THIS BE A DISH AT NOMA?

Roberto chuckles and says I DON'T KNOW.

Josh says MAYBE IT'S LIKE
THE VERY FIRST TRIAL
OF A VERY LONG PROCESS
OF MAKING A DISH.

Andrea says HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO
FINALIZE A DISH?

Josh says I DON'T KNOW, IT CAN DEPEND.
I'M NOT REALLY SURE, I HAVE
NEVER WORKED IN A TEST KITCHEN,
BUT I THINK
IT CAN BE, LIKE,
ANYWHERE FROM WEEKS
TO MONTHS.

A preparation boils in a pot. The caption changes to "Steamed bee larvae. In lovage."

Roberto tastes the stem and says MMM!

Josh says BEE LARVAE LASTS LONGER FOR ME
THAN THE LOVAGE DOES.

Ben says I WAS EXPECTING IT TO BE
WAY MORE LOVAGEY, ACTUALLY.

Next, Josh walks into a room.

To Knud, Josh says THIS IS BEE LARVAE
IN LOVAGE
STEAMED WITH JASMIN
FLOWERS.

Knud sniffs it and tastes it.

Knud says IT’S VERY DELICIOUS.

He hands a stem to Josh and says DO YOU WANT THIS AGAIN?

Josh says YES.

They laugh.

Josh says THANKS FOR TYRING!

Knud says THANK YOU.

Ben and Karsten stand in a kitchen.

Ben says OH!
I'M GONNA TRY THESE INSECTS
IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS.
I HAVE BEEN MARINATING THEM
IN PINEAPPLE,
BECAUSE PINEAPPLE
HAS THESE ENZYMES
WHICH CAN HELP
MAKE MEAT MORE TENDER,
AND SOMETIMES THESE
KINDS OF INSECTS CAN BE
QUITE TOUGH TO CHEW.
THIS IS IRN-BRU.
IT'S MADE OF IRON GIRDERS
AND IT MAKES YOU STRONG.
NO, ACTUALLY, IT'S LIKE
THE SCOTTISH EQUIVALENT
OF FAXE KONDI.
AND I'M GONNA MIX THAT THEN
WITH THIS CHILI SAUCE,
WHICH I MADE MYSELF,
WHICH FERMENTS ON MY
BALCONY FOR SEVEN MONTHS.
I HAVEN'T ACTUALLY TRIED
THIS STUFF FOR YEARS.

He drinks and says IT'S KIND OF LIKE
BUBBLE GUM.
DEFINITELY GOT
SOMETHING IN IT.
YOU DRINK IT WHEN YOU ARE
HUNGOVER, AND IT HELPS
IMMENSELY.
I'VE JUST MIXED IRN-BRU WITH
SOMETHING THAT HAS FERMENTED
ON MY WINDOW SILL
FOR SEVEN MONTHS.
ANTI-CUISINE POINT TWO,
TWO POINT OH.

Andrea says HOW IS IT?

Ben says I MEAN, THERE IS SOMETHING
TO BE SAID FOR IT.
IT'S NOT COMPLETELY
DISGUSTING.

Ben serves larvae in four teaspoons.

Ben says THERE ARE SOME TINY LEAVES OF
ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM,
SO WE'VE GOT
FORAGED ELEMENTS,
WE'VE GOT INSECT
ELEMENTS,
TROPICAL ELEMENTS,
FERMENTED ELEMENT,
COMMERCIAL SOFT DRINKS,
MEXICAN...
CHICATANA ANTS.

Josh photographs the dish.

Josh says SHALL WE TAKE?

Ben says YEAH, YEAH, PLEASE DO TAKE.
A LOT OF WORK FOR
A TINY TEASPOON.

Emilie and Karen taste Ben’s dish.

Emilie says IT TASTES LIKE INSECT.

Andrea says AND YOU'VE NEVER TRIED
EATING INSECTS BEFORE?

Emilie says BUT- NO, NO, BUT
HOW I IMAGINE IT.

Ben says SO IT'S GOT BROWN CHEESE,
THE GRUB,
AND THISTLE HEARTS.

Ironically, Emilie says CHEERS.

Karen chuckles.

Josh says I LIKE THIS ONE MORE.

Emilie says MM-HMM.
THIS IS ACTUALLY GOOD.

Ben says IT'S LESS ANTI-CUISINE.

Josh says YEAH, THE OTHER ONE WAS FUN,
AND THIS ONE IS
DELICIOUS.
THAT'S REALLY GOOD.
THE THISTLE IS A VEGETABLE,
BUT IT'S, LIKE, DENSE
AND IT'S, LIKE, SPONGY,
AND THEN THE LARVA IS
MORE CRUNCHY AND CHEWY.
AND IT'S REALLY- A LITTLE
BITE HAS A LOT OF COMPLEXITY,
COMPLEX TEXTURE IN IT.

Andrea says SUCCESS!

Ben says YEAH. I MEAN, IT'S A SUCCESS,
BUT IT'S ALL RELATIVE
TO WORK, AND
I DON'T KNOW, LIKE,
IF I WOULD GO AND DIG A FIELD
FOR THESE THINGS
IN ORDER TO GET
FOUR OF THEM

Emilie chuckles.

Ben continues TO MIX THEM WITH A TINY BIT
OF BROWN CHEESE
THAT I COULD HAVE
JUST BOUGHT FROM THE SHOP.
THAT'S THE BIG QUESTION,
ACTUALLY,
AT THE END OF THE DAY.
IT'S LIKE, OKAY, SO YOU MIGHT
BE ABLE TO MAKE THEM
TASTE NICE, BUT THERE'S
VERY FEW THINGS THAT
YOU CAN'T MAKE TASTE NICE
WITH A BIT OF TECHNIQUE.
MIX IT WITH BUTTER,
ADD SOME SALT.

Ben shrugs.

(soft music plays)

Clips from the show play as the end credits roll.

Ben sings THREE LITTLE SPECKLED FROGS
SAT ON A SPECKLED LOG
EATING THE MOST
DELICIOUS WORMS
YUM, YUM!
ONE JUMPED
INTO THE POOL
WHERE IT WAS
NICE AND COOL
THEN THERE WAS ONLY
TWO LITTLE FROGS.

Ben says IT DOESN'T...
OH, I HAVEN'T...

Andrea says IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.

Chuckling, Ben says I HAVEN'T GOT IT
QUITE RIGHT!

Producer, Sigrid Dyekjjer, PGA.

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Produced by Rosforth. Danish documentary.

Watch: Ep. 7 - Italy and Denmark