What is bee Pollen?
In its original state, bee pollen is a fine dust composed of thousands of microscopic particles that enable a plant to reproduce via seed. Pollen is discharged from the anther of a flower and is the major food source for bees and other insects. Worker bees (all females) travel from flower to flower collectiong nectar and pollen as they move around. As the pollen covers the bee's body, she brushes and packs it into specialised hairs on her hind legs to take back to the hive.
Worker bees collect more pollen than the hive needs, so beekeepers are able to collect the surplus in a mesh trap. As the bees enter a hive, they pass trough a bank of specificsized holes where the pollen is gently removed and falls into a collection tray. The quality and safety of Western Australian pollen is second to none.
Bee pollen is a biologically active compound rich in vitamins, amino acids, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals, enzimes and other micronutrients. Resear at the Departament of Agriculture and Foods has shaown thar up to 73 fatty acids can be found in pollen.
Western Australia has uinique plant species in forests and conservation reserves that produce high-quality pollens.
Pollen - the health benefits
Pollin is a natural source of protein. It is low in fat and contains a range of miinerals and vitamins. It is nature's growth and maintenance supplement.
Essential fatty acids
Eucapyptus pollens are dominated by an essential fatty acid known as linoleic acid, which plays a role in weight loss. Linoleic acid can decrease the amount of tat that is stored after eating. It can also increase the rate of fat breakdown in fat cells. The human body cannot manufacture linolic acid and so it must be consumed.
Pollen from the Western Australian marri known as redgum has more healthy nutrients than cammonly eaten fruits and nuts.
Pollen is a good source of iron, zinc, manganese and copper which are essential key factors in human health.
Western Australian pollen proteins are high compared to many other plant species. Banksia pollens are highest at greater than 30% followed by eucalypt and acacia, which range from 20-28%.
Dried pollen should be stored away from direct light.
Pollen should always be kept in airtight containers.
Pollen is most nutritive when fresh - its food value may decline if not stored correctly
Western Australian Pollen is sought after worldwide. Us pollen buyers have deemed Western Australian eucalypt pollen to be 'the tastiest in the world'.
Serving suggestion: Recommended serving one dessertspoonful (10g) per day. Add to ceral, in a smoothie or spread on toast.