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23.02.2019 - Pollen is natures super food

Early signs of spring are in the air. The couple centimetres of snow that appeared last month have been rapidly disappearing from sight. Beehives were beautifully covered in a blanket of snow last month, but now it’s all gone. Winter storms, swift changes in the weather and uninvited guests can disturb the winter peace of a beehive. That is why the beekeeper has to visit his hives regularly also in wintertime. In the end of the winter the beekeeper showels snow away from in front of the beehive in order for the ground to inforce the warmth of the spring sun. Situation gets tricky, when the snow unexpectedly melts in the end of February and the bees are in a hurry to start their cleaning flight, as it is not the time for spring yet.

When the weather gets cooler in the autumn, the worker bees born in the end of the summer will create a so-called winter cluster around the queen bee. Bees on the outer layer of the cluster are tightly close to each other and create heat by moving their wings. Beekeeper replaces the honey bees have collected for the winter with sugar liquid. In the hive there is also a honeycomb cake filled with loads of nutritious pollen. Bees collect pollen to use it as protein and vitamin source for the larvae. Pollen can be seen as yellow clumps in the hive.

Pollen is also nutritious super food for humans. Beekeeper can collect pollen by collector placed by the entrance of the hive, where it collects the pollen when bees enter the hive. Pollen can be used 1-3 times a day. It can be taken with quark, porridge or a smoothie, or as a power shot in juice or water.

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