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As honeybee foragers visit flowers, they collect pollen grains in their pollen baskets located on their back legs. Once arriving at the colony, they unload the pollen grains into cells in the brood chamber, mix with small amounts of honey and water as a preservative to form what is know as bee bread. Honeybees use the bee bread as a food source.
At Halleluyah Honey we use special pollen traps which gently collect some of the pollen from the honeybees' back legs (pollen sacs) as they crawl through a series of screens. The pollen drops off and is collected in a screened container in the trap.
Bee Pollen, which is actually just flower pollen, is extremely high in protein, vitamins and minerals, containing at least 22 amino acids, 18 vitamins, 25 minerals, 59 trace elements, 11 enzymes or co-enzymes, 14 fatty acids, 11 carbohydrates and approximately 25 % protein.
Before taking pollen either from a new floral area or taking for the first time only take a very small amount to make sure you do not have any allergic reactions as some people are allergic to flower pollen and it can cause an allergic reaction.