What do you do with bee pollen, you ask? You eat it! Pollen is used as a nutritional supplement, an energy booster, as well as to combat allergies from seasonal local pollens. Some like to mix bee pollen with a spoonful of honey and take a teaspoon every morning. Others like to sprinkle it on their cereal, put it in smoothies, in their yogurt, or just eat it plain. It has a chalky consistency, but the flavor is more herbal... kind of like eating an edible flower. The taste and colors of pollen change throughout the season as the flowers in bloom change. For this reason each jar will vary slightly in color, flavor, and texture.
How is bee pollen harvested? A "Pollen Trap" is located at the bottom of the beehives, and as the bees fly in, the pollen is knocked off their legs and lands on a screen below. Pollen is harvested daily, cleansed of any plant debris, freezed for 24 hours, then placed it in a room with fans and de-humidifiers... to remove some of the moisture and to prevent it from molding. Pollen is then stored in a freezer until it is ready to ship. This preserves the nutrients and flavor, to keep it as fresh as possible. It is fine to store pollen in your cupboard, in the refrigerator, or in your freezer. Honeyrun suggests keeping it wherever you will remember to eat a spoonful a day. If you've tried pollen from the store... you may be surprised at how flavorful and fresh this pollen is by comparison.
Here are some of the nutritional components of bee pollen:
Fatty Acids 9.9%