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Feb 13, 2018
Vitamin C Sour
by: Anonymous

People use Vitamin C (ascorbic acid powder) to keep freshness in jarring. It is sour, and oh so good for you.

Feb 22, 2016
pollen freshness vs rancid
by: carol

my question is taste also. i purchased pollen from a local, well respected bee hiver whose product sells in many local farm market and local grocery stores. however, upon reading about pollen i question the integrity. i purchased last sept. and it was out in vender booth. i didn't know to refrigerate so just kept in cabinet. did the taste test on two different granules.....fairly sweet and pleasant.....but put in water, 1tsp twice and it mostly floated. Isn't that a "rancid" sign? Did i do that by not refrigerating? should i just throw out cuz rotten? not much info on pollen except benefits. more info on freshness versus staleness needed. Whats your recourse for getting icky pollen?

Angela's Comments:

I'm not familiar with this test Carol so I can't comment on the freshness of this pollen. In fact, I've never heard of this method. As for whether or not you caused the pollen to go rancid, I doubt it. If it has been dried properly, it will likely be safe to eat and not rancid.

Aug 08, 2013
Bee Pollen Extremely Bitter ... ?
by: Russ

I have been eating bee pollen for a few years and recently a friend gifted me a batch of pollen from a remote mountain source in China. They visited the source personally and confirmed that it was a legit place to buy.

My problem is that the pollen is extremely bitter in taste. Very hard to stomach and quite disgusting in the mouth.

It's still very soft and seems 'fresh'. I keep it in the fridge in the original pot.

Are there any indications of bee pollen being bitter like this? Is it normal?

When I eat it I can only take a quarter of a teaspoon and even that feels a little uncomfortable in the stomach.

Any ideas would be a great help!

Angela's Comments:

Hi Russ,
A slight bitterness is quite normal for bee pollen. Bee pollen is often bitter sweet. If the product you are using is extremely bitter and border line disgusting, I would guess that it has gone bad and would not use it, especially considering that it is causing some stomach distress. This indicates to me that the product is possible rotten. It could be that the pollens in the product are just so different being from China that you just can't tolerate it but the taste and stomach distress indicate otherwise to me.

Perhaps try an American or Canadian sourced bee pollen. We get very few reports of bitterness and or/stomach distress from our Original Bee Pollen.

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