Superfood of the Bees: Bee Pollen
- Sunday, 11 January 2009
A list of nutritious superfoods must include bee pollen, a powerful product of the flowers. Rosemary Gladstar, in her book Herbs for Longevity & Wellbeing, calls bee pollen “the designer food of the bees.”
Although it is now in shorter supply due to the recent mysterious decline of the honey bee populations, bee pollen is a concentrated form of nutrients. It is a complete protein, containing all 22 amino acids. Bee pollen also has minerals, enzymes and coenzymes, many B vitamins, and vitamins C, A, and E.
Rosemary recommends eating no more than one or two teaspoons per day, but try only a little bit at first to test for allergic reactions. The bees do collect the pollen from plants, and you may be allergic to the plants!
Use bee pollen raw on salads, in drinks, or by itself.
Thank the bees as you partake in their product. It takes them many, many trips back and forth from the hive to the flowers and back again to produce this total food.