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Anyone for a BUG burger? They might just help save the planet

11 19.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Horizon Edible Insects founder Tiziana Di Costanzo showing ingredients for insect burger patties, London
C/U Insects in bowl
SOT, Tiziana Di Costanzo, Horizon Edible Insects founder: "Myself and my family have been eating insects since 2013 and the company has only been now operational. We are in our second year."
M/S Di Costanzo washing worms to be turned into burger
M/S Di Costanzo putting worms into boiling water
C/U Worms in boiling water
SOT, Tiziana Di Costanzo, Horizon Edible Insects founder: "This year has been really booming. We do not know why. There is a lot more awareness certainly of the environmental benefits over eating insects. That is really giving us a boost and we finally found some restaurants that want to put insects on the menu."
M/S Di Costanzo adding drained worms to mincer
C/U Dried crickets
M/S Di Costanzo adding dried crickets
M/S Mincing crickets and worms
SOT, Tiziana Di Costanzo, Horizon Edible Insects founder: "Of course they contain vitamins and minerals as well as iron and omega. I mean, especially crickets have got omega three, six and nine. So, that means that if you switch to eating insects you do not have to eat fish again, so that will allow our oceans to replenish as well."
C/U Frying minced insect patties
SOT, Tiziana Di Costanzo, Horizon Edible Insects founder: "People are always asking for recipes and suggestions. So we try and put out there every recipe that we cook, so that when people buy our insects [they] actually know what to do with them. Because we understand it is a bit difficult at the beginning if you have never used insects as an ingredient."
M/S Dishing out insect patties
M/S Garnishing burgers
SOT, Tiziana Di Costanzo, Horizon Edible Insects founder: "We run [a] microbiological test analysis on all our insects regularly."
C/U Burgers with insect patties
SOT, Tiziana Di Costanzo, Horizon Edible Insects founder: "The female will lay about 500 eggs, so from 50 insects you really, at the end of the eight weeks period, you have a sizable burger."
C/U Burgers
SOT, Tiziana Di Costanzo, Horizon Edible Insects founder: "Even if you think you are not going to like it, just give it a go. Try one insect once, we say, and you will be hooked."
M/S Burgers
SOT, Tiziana Di Costanzo, Horizon Edible Insects founder: "Some insects have got a stronger taste, so maybe they are not like 'starter' insects because you really, you know, they have a really strong flavour. But crickets, are quite neutral, tasting a bit like shrimps. So if you like shrimps. And if you like popcorn, because they are like a dried popcorn-shrimp. Between a shrimp and a nut I would say. So just be a bit curious, be a bit adventurous stretch your eyes and your taste buds and off you go, you will be glad you did it."
M/S Insect farming racks
SOT, Tiziana Di Costanzo, Horizon Edible Insects founder: "These are beetles, which lay eggs in the bran and the bran is then separated from the beetles and that is where they will, the eggs will start hatching."
C/U Larvae
SOT, Tiziana Di Costanzo, Horizon Edible Insects founder: "This is how we farm them, the good thing is that you can farm them vertically. So you do not need much land space."
C/U Horizon Edible Insects logo
SCRIPT
A London based company aims to encourage consumers to take a more environmentally friendly approach to eating, by promoting the use of edible insects in cookery. Horizon Edible Insects has developed a burger patty recipe featuring creepy crawlies and is promoting it as a more sustainable source of protein when compared to beef.
Founder Tiziana Di Costanzo farms her own meal worms and crickets, as seen in Ealing on Monday. She was also seen mincing a blend of insects before turning the mixture into a patty and frying it in a pan, before serving it between two garnished buns as a burger.
"Of course they contain vitamins and minerals as well as iron and omega. I mean, especially crickets have got omega three, six and nine. So, that means that if you switch to eating insects you do not have to eat fish again, so that will allow our oceans to replenish as well," Di Costanzo said.
"Some insects have got a stronger taste, so maybe they are not like 'starter' insects because you really, you know, they have a really strong flavour. But crickets, are quite neutral, tasting a bit like shrimps. So if you like shrimps. And if you like popcorn, because they are like a dried popcorn-shrimp," said the experimental chef, promising that if you try insects "you will be glad you did."
Horizon Edible Insects also offers 'grow your own' kits as well as suggesting recipes for those who want to try adding bugs to their diet and is currently working on bringing insects into restaurant menus.