Raw Bee Pollen (Ohio)
This is raw bee pollen, harvested from the Honeyrun hives during the late Summer, early Fall of 2014. 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. We like to mix our 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 do we harvest it? We have something called a "Pollen Trap" that goes on the bottom of our beehives, and as the bees fly in, the pollen is knocked off their legs and lands on a screen below. We harvest the pollen daily, clean it of any plant debris, freeze it for 24 hours, then place it in a room with fans and de-humidifiers... to remove some of the moisture and to prevent it from molding. We then store it in a freezer until it is ready to ship. This preserves the nutrients and flavor, to keep it as fresh as possible. When you receive the pollen it is fine to store it in your cupboard, in the refrigerator, or in your freezer. We suggest 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%