Is my bee pollen spoiled?

by Upstate sheila

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 ?



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.

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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.

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Oct 31, 2022
Is it any good?
by: Sharon

I bought bee pollen from a street vendor. I have never eaten it before, so when it tasted really nasty, I accepted that was how it tasted. My nephew who has tasted bee pollen before tried it and spit it out. He said it didn’t taste like any bee pollen he had ever eaten. Should I discard it?

Dec 25, 2018
Organic bee products
by: Rock

The International, highly respected, definitely the authority has allowed only 2 places to label "organic"...and that has been Rainforests of Brazil and Northern reaches of rural Canada.

If a bee forages 5 miles, then about 87 sqaure miles has to bee cerified free of agricultural spraying, GMO, toxic soil, mine tailings, people with hummingbird feeders, ornamental gardens sprayed for spiders, etc...

I recently saw (and bought) Austrailian organic honey....if not independantly tested and certified, likely not.

I am in the Mojave desert with none of the above listed toxic sources, but will simply describe the environment, not claim "organic".

Someday, there may be tropical islands with bees that will qualify.

But keep in mind that most beekeepers medicate their bees, and feed with sugar water. And I mean most. I have interviewed thousands, including the honey suppliers of the big groceery outlets. Less than 1/10 of 1% of those that claim "raw honey" actually was...most, when I investigated had bought hiney from "trusted sources"...who also bought from "trusted sources". YEAH, right....

I have been intensely researching Apitherapy based bee products for over 15 years, including reading studies from all over the world translated for publication...and I recommend what needs to bee vetted by those more knowlegeable than me for subscription publication.

I intend to,attend the very large Honey Convention this Spring in Tennessee...there will bee a lot to learn there too...

Jun 08, 2018
The taste of Pollen
by: Vanessa

Glad I found this thread of comments. I've been wondering forever WHY pollen tastes like manure to me. I've never eaten manure to my knowledge, but of course I have smelled it (smell + taste pass through the same physiological i.d. pathway, although the end interpretation is not always the same, as you all know). But I have been consuming pollen since I was a teenager, casually/sporadically, not on a regular basis, but every year there is a container bought for our home, or smoothies ordered with some in it. And I just cannot get away from the taste of manure in all the pollen I have ever bought in 35 years! Except for 1 jar, 1 time, 25 years ago, or so that my brother bought. That was the best tasting pollen I ever had. But all others... What gives?

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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