What is bee pollen and where does it come from?
A honeybee collects hundreds, sometimes millions of pollen grains from a single flower. The bees pack the pollen into granules with the help of special combs and hairs on their hind legs and a sticky substance secreted from their stomachs. Carrying two granules at a time they travel back to the hive with what will eventually be fed to their young.
Some beekeepers will attach a small box fitted with a screen in the doorway of a hive. The screen allows the bee to enter, but it carefully and harmlessly removes the small granules of pollen from their legs. Beekeepers collect only a small amount from any given hive, so as not to deprive the bee from the bulk of their food source. The collected granules are then packaged and sold as bee pollen.
Bee pollen is rich in vitamins, especially B12 and E, minerals, amino acids and enzymes