A grain of pollen has a more or less irregular globular shape and an average size of 20 to 40 microns (one thousandth of one mm). Pollen grains are produced on flower stamens. For bees it is the only source of solid food. It is an essential food for young bees whether for the development of their nursing capacity (secretion of jellies for the larvae or the queen bee) or for building protein reserves for future wintering bees.
Each flower species has specific pollen which is an actual "fingerprint" that can be microscopically identified. The bee gathers pollen from the flower in the form of tiny balls in a variety of colours according to the species from which they were gathered, with a predominance of yellow, orange, light green and light brown.
There are two methods for preserving pollen:
Pollen preserved in the freezer without prior dehydration has the advantage of keeping most of the qualities of fresh pollen intact.
Commercialising this pollen is difficult because it requires a cold chain right up to the consumer.
This drying considerably reduces the fragility of the balls. It makes cleaning by sifting and airing, as well as packaging and transport easier.
Pollen should be stored in a dry cool place in sealed and/or vacuum packaging.
Our pollen is dehydrated and contains an average of 5% water.
Pollen is an incredible natural food supplement with many health benefits and should be taken in moderation to maintain or improve health. It can also be frozen and taken fresh.
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