It’s the remarkably surprised face staring at me from the opposite side of the table that has made me question my topic of choice on more than one occasion when touching upon the subject of ‘bee pollen’. One will usually question the pronunciation, but then grow accustomed to the words as they are repeated, yes ‘bee pollen’. This goes on until the interlocutor has grasped that one is indeed talking about the yellow dusty grains which are collected by bees.
So what’s the buzz about? One of the few superfoods worthy of their prefix, the confetti-like grains are densely packed with nutritional goodness. Customarily disguised in juices and smoothies and wrongly treated as solely a natural sweetener, pollen grains have proven to be tiny nourishment bombs. Differing in size and shape, ranging from round to cylindrical, bell shaped to triangular and thorny. The sole observation of the vivid range of yellowy tones is enough to evoke a feeling of hearty enjoyment in the onlooker.
Whilst one should not judge exclusively on premises of the outer appearance, in the case of bee pollen this cannot be dismissed. The strikingly zestful hues are a testament to their value, a claim which is supported by medical studies. If strength is to be found in miniatures, pollen is packed with anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antischlerotic and detoxifying agents. The magnitude of its anti-inflammatory effect compared to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Naproxen or Analgin (hmm….). The ubiquitous grains constitute of 30% protein and are a good source of vitamins and macro & micronutrients, ambitiously fulfilling most nutritional requirements. Taken 3 times a day dissolved in water or sprinkled onto a breakfast bowl, bee pollen will make a great addition to the foodie’s shelf. The act of gathering pollen from the bees is said to stimulate the tiny creatures to fly more frequently and increase their numbers. Stealing has never felt so good.