Wildflower bee pollen is collected on the legs of honey bees as they pollinate various wildflowers in wide open grasslands. We then take these pollen grains and grind them into a fine powder to make it easier to integrate into foods and beverages.
The composition of nutrients found in bee pollen depends on the plants where the bees gathered the pollen. Since we can’t control where the bees will gather, the exact composition can vary from hour to hour, and day to day so two samples are not exactly the same. The average nutrient composition of our wildflower bee pollen is 20% to 30% protein (amino acids) and 40% to 50% carbohydrates. Bee pollen has more protein per ounce than any other natural food. Bee pollen granules can be added to smoothies, mixed into granola, or eaten by themselves for a quick protein boost.
BEE POLLEN COLLECTION: As bees return to the hive, beekeepers use a pollen trap to gently brush the pollen off the bees’ legs causing the pollen to fall into a collection bin. From here the beekeeper cleans and dries the pollen at low temperatures preserving its potency and natural properties. The beekeepers GloryBee works with only harvest pollen at specific times of the year to ensure that the bees have plenty of time to store their own pollen reserves ensuring hives can prosper.
SOURCING: GloryBee has been sourcing bee pollen from the same suppliers for nearly 20 years. We source wildflower bee pollen from established beekeepers in the remote rural regions of the Anhui, Hubei, and Jiangsu provinces of mainland China. Unlike much of China, these bees have access to clean air and water along with wide open fields of wildflowers.
With over 30 years working with bee pollen, these beekeepers have earned our trust by continually providing us with a quality pollen. To ensure this quality, we test each incoming batch of pollen for yeasts, molds, coliform, chloramphenicol, and other pathogens to ensure the pollen meets our high standards. After the pollen passes testing, we hand sift the bee pollen in a sterile environment to remove bee parts, propolis, and other hive debris.