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“I’ve been searching for power-packed smoothie supplements to get me through the winter doldrums, and bee pollen keeps making an appearance in “superfood” lists. I finally picked up a small bottle from the honey stand at my local farmer’s market. Curious about these golden granules? Read on.

Bee pollen (not to be confused with airborne pollen, which causes allergies and hay fever) is what results when honeybees pick up flower pollen granules, mix them with regurgitated honey or nectar, and pack them into “baskets” on their hind legs to take back to the hive. Due to their impressive nutritional profile, bee pollen pellets have a serious superfood reputation. A tablespoonful of bee pollen contains about 45 calories and consists of 35% protein, 55% carbohydrate, 2% fatty acids and 3% minerals and vitamins. Bee collected pollen also reportedly contains 8 flavonoids, at least 11 carotenoids, vitamins C, E, all the Bs, all free amino acids, minerals, more than 100 enzymes and several growth regulators.

Because of this, bee pollen is best consumed raw to preserve as many nutrients as possible. The taste varies according to the type of flower the pollen came from (obviously), but in general bee pollen tends to have a slightly sweet, slightly floral taste…”

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HoneyLove Cake!

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“Bee Orchid” -

The Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera) is an herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the family… The name “Ophrys” derives from the Greek word “ophrys”, meaning “eyebrow”, while the Latin name of the species “apifera” refers to the bee-shaped lip… The Bee Orchid is the County flower of Bedfordshire, England.

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Photo: honey :: bears (by reny :: honey)

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Photo: Honey Bee (by choimet)

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Wishing you good times, good cheer, and a sweet new year!
? Rob & Chelsea ~ honeylove.org

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VIDEO: Honey Harvest by Kinfolk

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Rarest of Bumblebees Rediscovered: “Cockerell’s Bumblebee”

“The most rare U.S. species of bumblebee, last seen in 1956, has turned up once again in the White Mountains of south-central New Mexico. Called “Cockerell’s Bumblebee,” this prized pollinator is known from an area of less than 300 square miles, giving it the most limited range of any bumblebee species in the world…

Any story about bees surviving in the wild is uplifting news in light of the well-documented decline of bees worldwide. Recently the U.N. reported bee losses of up 85 percent in some areas of the industrialized northern hemisphere, where pesticides, pollution, and parasites may all be to blame.

Cockerell’s Bumblebee, among nearly 50 species of bumblebees native to the U.S., has avoided many of these threats, living on protected national forest and tribal lands. For that reason, it is not especially surprising for an insect species to be rediscovered after decades, when people might otherwise imagine that it may have gone extinct…”

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Connect the dots!

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Photos from HoneyLove’s Yellow Tie Event 2011 
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