Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bee Pollen - collection and harvesting, health benefits, and flavor

-posted by Jayne

Pollen abounds at Honeyrun Farm!  Isaac put on the pollen traps about a month ago, and the bees have been really busy bringing in all that sweet goldenrod pollen.  I love to grab an afternoon pollen snack in the freezer in the honey house, where I can eat it fresh and raw.  We have actually had to go out and buy 2 new freezers to hold all the new pollen collected, as our current freezers are full of comb and chunk honey waiting to be purchased.  (Come, on customers... what are you waiting for?)

If you are new to the Honeyrun Blog, you might want to look over a past blog we did in 2012 about bee pollen- all about how we collect it, clean it, dry it, store it, and eat it.   Here it is:  "Bee Pollen - the Intricacies and Health Benefits of this Superfood."

Today I thought I would offer a pictoral "Blast from the Past"- a collection of photos of pollen collecting over the years here at Honeyrun Farm.

I love this photo of our pollen, as it shows the beautiful
textures and colors of the varied bee pollen.  

Somebody got into the pollen jar...  that's a guilty face!


Even at a young age, Maizy had upper management
skills- telling Daddy how it's done.

The yellow in this picture is mostly ragweed pollen,
 collected in early September.

At the age of 4, Maizy could finally help harvest the pollen herself.

But her favorite job is "taste tester" (and flower picker).

We think Goldenrod provides the tastiest and prettiest
pollen - bright orange in color and sweet in flavor!

This bucket shows the varied pollen collected by
different hives - on the same day!  It is neat to see
how they each visit different plants in the same area.

Backdoor smorgasbord for these hives!
We'd also like to thank Vicki from Love Ohio Crafters and Artisans blog, for interviewing us and featuring us this past week!  Check out the interview here.   We actually got to know Vicki through her personal love of our bee pollen.  She is one of our most faithful pollen customers, and she feels that eating bee pollen helps her stay healthy throughout the year.

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