For those suffering from allergies, asthma, hay fever, or a sinus condition, consuming a small amount of bee pollen daily helps eliminate symptoms. Fresh beeswax can also be taken as a natural energizer or immune booster. After you receive your Massachusetts pollen, you must keep it in the freezer to preserve its freshness and nutritional properties. Wildflower bee pollen is collected on the legs of honey bees as they pollinate various wildflowers in wide open grasslands. The composition of nutrients found in pollen depends on the plants where the bees gathered the pollen. Since we can’t control where the bees will gather, the exact composition can vary from hour to hour, and day to day so no two samples are exactly the same.
The average nutrient composition of our wildflower pollen is 20% to 30% protein (amino acids) and 40% to 50% carbohydrates. Bee pollen has more protein per ounce than any other natural food. Bee pollen granules can be added to smoothies, mixed into granola, or eaten by themselves for a quick protein boost. 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. 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. It is important to eat small doses at first (even as small as one grain), as those with tree or flower pollen allergies may also have an allergic reaction to eating bee pollen. Start with a few grains and build up to a larger amount as your body gets used to the bee pollen.
As bees return to the hive, beekeepers use a pollen trap to gently brush the pollen off the bees’ legs causing the pollen to fall into a collection bin. From here the beekeeper cleans and dries the pollen at low temperatures preserving its potency and natural properties. The beekeepers we work with only harvest pollen at specific times of the year to ensure that the bees have plenty of time to store their own pollen reserves ensuring hives can prosper.