As coronavirus devastates the travel industry, whalers in Norway are reaping the rewards of a national staycation.
“For me whale meat is my childhood, my memories,” says Frode Revke, as he sorts through a pile of white Norwegian cheese.
“Even my mother’s spaghetti bolognese was whale meat. The first time I went to Italy I was so disappointed, it tasted of nothing!”
Frode runs Ost & Sant, a deli selling traditional food in the heart of Oslo. In an average year the place is heaving with foreign visitors. But 2020 has been a little different.
“This year it’s been Norwegians who’ve come around,” he says. “People who can’t travel or go to restaurants are staying home to cook, and that’s changing what we sell.”
And what’s selling is whale