The bee collects pollen and transports it on its hind legs, where it has a special notch and lots of hair. Pollen provides the bees with proteins, vitamins and minerals necessary for feeding the larvae.
Like honey, the beekeeper can harvest part of the pollen without harming the colony. To collect the pollen, the beekeeper places a grid at the entrance of the hive. Every day, or at most every other day, the pollen must be collected from the box under the grid. This guarantees the quality. Then it is directly frozen so that it does not go bad and its unique characteristics are preserved.
Properties of Fresh Pollen
Fresh pollen is a super food, due to its high content of proteins and amino acids (all essential and some non-essential), vitamins ( B, B12, folic acid, D and A ), and minerals (calcium, phosphorus and potassium).
It is a vegetarian source of protein, richer in amino acids than foods such as milk, meat or cheese. It also has energizing properties and can reduce anemia and fatigue. And like honey, it has anti-inflammatory properties. For Vegetarians, it is an interesting product because of its high concentration of Vitamin B12.
How to consume pollen?
You can eat it directly with a spoon in the morning or mix it with yogurt or honey. If you have never eaten pollen before, it is advisable to start with a small amount, one teaspoon per day. A small amount is also recommended for children. It is very important that the pollen is always in the freezer to avoid fermentation.