Is my bee pollen spoiled?

by Upstate sheila
(N.Y.)

Hi,
I bought a jar of Bee pollen a few months ago & have been storing it in a cool, dark cabinet. HOW do I know if it is "dried" & if it is still good to eat ? There was NO info on the label (I bought it @a road side farm stand). Does it loose its nutritional value after a certain amount of time ? Can it go bad in my cabinet ?

THANKS !

sheila

Angela's Comments:

Bee pollen can go bad if not stored properly. And it does lose its nutritional value over time. But if you stored it in a cool, dark place it might be fine. You'll need to examine the product for spoilage and/or mold. If there is no visible sign of spoilage, taste a few granules. If they taste normal then you are likely ok to consume it. As always, error on the side of caution to avoid eating a spoiled product.

Bee healthy,
Angela

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Dec 01, 2015
Question about bee pollen
by: Anonymous

I've had a jar of bee pollen for years in my cupboard
Is it safe for consumption?


Angela's Comments:

No, it would not be safe.

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Bee pollen spoiling...

by Kaitlin Kemp
(Cumminh, Georgia, United States)

I recently ordered some organic bee pollen ,that was collected in the United States, off of amazon. It took 2 days to ship it to my house and the bottle says "Keep Refrigerated" then I read online that bee pollen can ferment in a day and lose its nutrients... I bought the product because I was fascinated with all of the incredible health benefits. I don't favor the taste too much so I don't want to be taking the product if it is not helping me. Any help at all? Thanks

Hi Kaitlin,
Is your concern that it has gone bad and is not of any benefit to you? If so, I wouldn't worry. Bee pollen will only be damaged if it is exposed to excessive heat (118 degrees) for a long period of time OR moisture.

Bee healthy,
Angela

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Oct 31, 2016
Taste 😫
by: Angie

I recently saw bee pollen in the store in a small package and curiously bought it. Did some research and then bought local grown from a farm close by. I'm curious about the taste the local grown taste like manure sorry it has a cow taste, like hay maybe , not really sure all the above, is that normal??

Angela's Comments:

Yes, while it isn't normal, it is common for bee pollen to have a barn yard smell or taste.

Dec 07, 2015
Be wary of any bee products labeled "organic"
by: Hannah

Hi I noticed that you said your bee pollen was organic. I have a hive myself, have taken a class on beekeeping, and been mentored by some very experienced beekeepers. Bees generally forage up to 2-3 miles away from their hive but when they are hungry/there is a drought, they will forage up to 7 miles from their hive. In order for hive products to be correctly labeled organic the owner must own ALL of the land in a 7 mile + radius around every single hive, and also know that there are no land around him which have pesticides or GMO seed blowing onto his land. You cannot control where your bees decide to forage so it is virtually impossible to actually say that your hive products are organic. What that label generally means is that the beekeeper used no non-organic chemicals or pesticides to treat [problems in the hive. Those things actually have almost nothing to do with the pollen that the bees bring in, however, since the bees do not make the pollen but only gather it. It's kind of like saying your vegetables are organic because a healthy person harvested them. If someone told me their hive products were organic, I would probably think "Okay, what else aren't you telling me?" All of that to say, I would steer clear of hive products that are labeled organic.

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