What is Bee Pollen?
Bee pollen is collected by honey bees. As the bee moves from one flower to another it places flakes of pollen into pollen baskets on its back legs. It combines the flakes with nectar to make a granule of bee pollen.
Bee pollen is an incredible natural source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Studies have shown that it has a nutritional composition that surpasses that of virtually any food eaten. Regular consumption of bee pollen aids your general health and well-being. Just some of the benefits reported of our Sweetree Bee Pollen are: Sustained energy, enhanced immunity, reduced stress, relief of inflammation, more rested sleep and better skin condition.
Studies have also shown that taking bee pollen improves prostate conditions, reduces harmful effects of x-rays and results in fewer side effects from radiation treatment.
Bee pollen is often used by athletes to improve strength, endurance, energy and speed. It is said to help muscles recover more quickly from exercise and to increase mental stamina. Many great athletes have enjoyed its benefits and find it enhances their performance and decreases downtime due to illness.
About Sweetree Bee Pollen
Sweetree Bee Pollen is collected from our home apiary site at rural Horsham Downs, near Hamilton. With abundant nearby flora, Sweetree honey bees gather pollen from a wide range of flowering plants, reflected in the many different colours of pollen. These colours indicate a highly nutritious bee pollen and we have received many favourable comments from our customers regarding its effectiveness. We ensure that our bee pollen is kept as fresh as possible, storing no longer than the previous season.
The pollen is collected from the hive and dried in a purpose built drying room at temperatures no higher than would naturally occur in the beehive on a hot summers day, thereby still retaining its natural nutritious properties.
The flavour of the bee pollen will depend on the floral source and each granule has a different flavour. You will receive a mouthful of many flavours including sweet, tarty and earthy. You may find that the colour and taste of each bag of pollen changes as the floral sources vary throughout the season. For example early seasonal pollen may have more of a tarty flavour and not quite so many of the different coloured pollens. Having said that, as the season progresses we try to mix the different coloured pollens into the bags so you are getting the best nutrients you can.
Our bee pollen is processed and packed in a NZ Food Safety Authority approved premises – LOR4HONEY/01.
How to eat Sweetree Honey Bee Pollen
Bee pollen is often thought of as a dietary supplement but is much more than that. It is one of nature’s best super foods. We recommend you start with a 1/4 teaspoon per day and work your way up to up to a dessertspoon per day (or more if you need it!). Bee pollen can be added to food, many of our customers sprinkle it on their cereal in the morning. Some add it to yoghurt, smoothies or ice-cream.
Try these ideas:
- Add bee pollen to a dish of ice cream and hot chocolate sauce
- Place bee pollen onto a piece of tin foil then take a peeled banana and roll it into the bee pollen and toasted coconut.
- Add a tablespoon of bee pollen to beef casseroles or beef stir-fries
- Add bee pollen to salsa, home-made salad dressing and sandwiches
- Can be sprinkled on your favourite cereal, fruit or yoghurt to provide a tasty and nutritious supplement to your diet
- You can also spread it on toast with honey.
- Mix bee pollen, chai seeds and cinnamon together with mashed banana and yoghurt (any flavour) and spread on raisin toast. Very yummy breakfast.
- If you are not that fussed on the flavour you can simply take it in a spoon and chase with water or juice.
Warning: People who have severe allergies should be cautious using bee pollen as it may cause an allergic reaction. Anyone uncertain if they are allergic to bee pollen should talk to a health professional or have an allergy test.