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  1. #1
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    Default Does pollen go bad?

    I have a small container of pollen a friend gave me and it has been sitting in the cupboard for quite a while. Will it go bad, and how can you tell?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Does pollen go bad?

    I just started collecting pollen this year and have been keeping it in the freezer. I am hoping this keeps it from spoiling so I can use it to feed the girls next winter.

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    Default Re: Does pollen go bad?

    If it has mold on it, then it is "bad". If it's dry it won't spoil, but it will lose nutritional value. The bees don't actually store pollen. They ferment pollen into bee bread and store bee bread. Bee bread will retain it's nutrition much longer than pollen. Your pollen will still be more nutritious than substitute, but not as nutritious as fresh pollen.
    Last edited by Michael Bush; 03-23-2011 at 03:33 AM. Reason: spelling
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Does pollen go bad?

    RE:
    Old pollen is better and Pollen Substitute.

    There are Pollen Subs out there that are far superior to pollen!
    Regards,
    Ernie
    Ernie
    My websitehttp://bees4u.com/

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Does pollen go bad?

    There are plenty of studies that show bees raised on substitute do not live as long as bees raised on pollen. Jim Fischer has posted them many times in the past and I'm sure you could find them if you like.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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