ORCHARD BLOSSOM HONEY

The Okanagan Valley's very best honey! 

honey bee with pollen

Bee pollen contains almost all of the nutrients required by the human body to thrive. Local pollen, where the bees have had access to the same plants and sources of pollen as you have (the ones that cause your hay fever and allergies), can provide amazing relief from those allergies. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, lipids and fatty acides, enzymes, carotenoids, and bioflavinoids. It acts as an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral agent. Pound for pound, it contains more protein than any other animal source, and more amino acids than would be found in beef or eggs. It strengthens capillaries, reduces inflammations, stimulates the immune system, and lowers cholesterol levels. 


pollen trap with bees and collected pollen

As beekeepers, we watch for pollen coming into the hives. It's one of the first signs of life in spring, and surprising even when there is still snow on the ground, our bees will come in with their pollen loads full. The pollen varies in color from bright yellow to dark brown, and just about every other color in between. This variation depends on the plant source of the pollen. The greater the variety, the more effective it will be for counteracting the effects of allergies and hay fever in us. 


Pollen is a primary source of protein for bees, so when we 'trap' the pollen, we are very careful to not take too much. The trap covers the front entrance of the hive, so that when the bees come home with their pollen loads full, the trap knocks some of the pollen off and into a container for collection. 

HEALTH BENEFITS OF BEE POLLEN

Reduce Inflammation

Antioxidant

Protects against liver toxicity

Boosts immune system

Serves as dietary supplement

Relieves menopausal symptoms

Helps relieve stress

Promotes healing


honey bee gathering pollen

Chemical Composition of Bee Pollen

  • 30 percent digestible carbohydrates
  • 26 percent sugars (mainly fructose and glucose)
  • 23 percent protein (including 10 percent of essential amino acids)
  • 5 percent lipids (including essential fatty acids)
  • 2 percent phenolic compounds (including flavonoids)
  • 1.6 percent minerals (including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, silicon and selenium)
  • 0.6 percent water-soluble vitamins and acids (including B1, B2, B6 and C)
  • 0.1 percent fat-soluble vitamins (including vitamins A, E and D)
Our pollen is sold in many retail outlets throughout the Okanagan Valley (check our list of retailers often; it's growing!). You can also pick some up at our local farm gate store for $18.00 for a 250 g jar, or $31.60 for a 454 g jar. If you can't get here, or to one of our retailers, please drop us a note.