The Savannah Bee Company is now offering an exciting new addition to our line of healthy, raw, and all-natural bee products. Bee Pollen sourced directly from Spain!
Bee pollen is considered an almost perfect food, containing protein, carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and a wide array of antioxidants. Bee pollen is full of B(ee)-vitamins and can give you a fast-acting burst of energy. Bee pollen also supports a healthy immune system, has anti-inflammatory properties, and has even been shown to increase performance in sports and alleviate malnutrition.
“But what is bee pollen?” you may be asking yourself.
As worker bees travel from flower to flower collecting nectar, grains of pollen adhere to the bees’ fuzzy little bodies. Once a bee is covered in a layer of pollen, it uses its hairy legs to comb the pollen from its body into tight little pellets, mixing the pollen with nectar and secretions from its salivary glands to help the pollen granules stick together. The worker bee then stores these little pollen balls in special structures behind its legs to be transported home. When the bee returns to its hive, its hind legs are coated in bright yellow pollen, a situation known as “pollen pants.”
Beekeepers harvest bee pollen by placing thick combs at the entrance of the beehives. Don’t worry, there is still plenty of pollen left for the bees to enjoy, and good thing, because they need to consume plenty of pollen and nectar to produce honey. Pollen can contain a staggering amount of protein, though exact nutritional composition depends largely upon the source of the pollen. Some bee pollen contains more protein per gram than chicken or beef!
Our raw, natural bee pollen is an easily-absorbed source of protein, amino acids, and vitamins and minerals, and is a nutritious and delicious addition to a variety of foods. The flavor of bee pollen will be influenced by the flowers from which it was harvested, but can generally be described as possessing a milder version of the sweet taste you’ve come to expect from hive products, combined with a nice, earthy essence.
The texture of bee pollen can be powdery or grainy with a light crunch (a perfect topper for salads, granola, fruit, ice cream, etc.), but also melts easily into smoothies or yogurt if you prefer (goodbye protein powder).
Bee pollen should be introduced into your diet slowly, allowing your system time to adjust to the increase in vitamins and protein. Begin with half a teaspoon and work your way up to 2-5 teaspoons per day. Carefully monitor for signs of an allergic reaction before increasing your dosage.
Note: Pregnant women and people who are allergic to bee products should not consume bee pollen. Check with your doctor before taking bee pollen. This information should not take the place of professional medical advice.