The bee pollen is a natural product that has gained popularity as a superfood thanks to its multiple health benefits. Despite its recent popularity, some medical records show that it has been consumed since 2735 BC.
The success of superfood can be explained by the consumers’ search for a better care of their immune health as prevention, as well as for products with new and unique flavours. The Spanish bee pollen has a very particular taste, it is sweeter than bee pollen from other origins, and can be slightly bitter depending on the botanical origin.
It comes from the flowers’ pollen and is produced in the stamen of the flower, precisely in the antenna. It is harvested by the bees, and mixed with nectar and salivary substances to get the shape of a small granule. The bees carry it in their hind legs and take it back to the beehive, where the beekeeper collects it thanks to a pollen trap.
The bee pollen has come to be renamed as “the perfectly complete food” for its composition. It contains 19 out of nature’s 21 essential amino acids, that is why it has been associated with unique properties as a nutrient. It is made of simple sugars, proteins, minerals and vitamins, fat acids and a small percentage of other components. Some of the minerals we can find in pollen are: Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphor, Iron and Zinc.
Botanical and geographical origin of bee pollen
Spanish pollen is internationally renowned for its high quality and its exceptional organoleptic properties thanks to Spain’s rich flora.
One of the pollen’s particularities is its colour, that allows us to tell a story through each of its varieties. Each colour tells us about its botanical and geographical origin.
As we have been able to observe on the market, the consumer increasingly requires more information about the origin and the story behind the purchased ingredients. At HoneyGreen+ we share with our customers the story behind each of our ingredients.
The most common colours are the orangey yellow that come from the rockroses, steppes, and holm oaks, and the very dark purple whose botanical origin is echium.
In the following table we can see the colour varieties found in the multiflora pollen from the Iberian Peninsula.
At HoneyGreen+ we offer multiflora bee pollen. Its appearance and composition vary depending on the following botanical origins:
Cosmetics and nutritional benefits of bee pollen
- Blood circulation. Thanks to its flavonoids content, the pollen activates the sealing and strengthening of the blood vessels, and thus improves the blood circulation and the heart function.
- Bee pollen has a hypolipidemic activity that reduces contents of cholesterol, triacylglycerol, and total lipids in the body, which is beneficial for the treatment of heart diseases.
- It helps preventing dermic infections and controls sebum. Apart from an antioxidant protection, the phenols and flavonoids found in the bee pollen also provide astringent and calming properties for the skin.
Uses of bee pollen
The most common uses of pollen can be found in functional foods, blends with honey, syrups or sweets. But its antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, healing activity, as well as its phenolic compounds and the selenium found in it have allowed bee pollen to be incorporated into products such as infusions, caps supplements, snacks, functional drinks, vials, chocolate, lip balm and facial cream.
At HoneyGreen+ we provide Spanish bee pollen in bulk in different formats: fresh pollen and dry pollen. We are working to offer pollen powder for capsules application. Each one of these formats are available in its organic version, with the corresponding organic certification.