Re: A pollen question.
If the pollen will not be sold, merely fed to the bees, the simplest method may be to empty the trap daily & put the pollen in the deep freeze until use.
Interesting thing about the fermentation thing, I'm in two minds about this. Tasting fresh pollen, it's quite nice. But taste stored pollen from a hive, it tastes terrible, clearly fermented in some way, not rotten though.
However, look at a typical healthy hive, you'll see large amounts of pollen coming in the front door. But look inside the hive at the amount of pollen in storage, it often will not be much. So the only conclusion is the turn around time cannot be much, in many hives it could only be hours, rather than days. So, not a lot of time for fermentation in some situations. The royal jelly and bee bread making process happens within the bee. Not sure how long it takes but understand it's less about fermentation and more about enzyme action.
How about those new swarms that start raising brood within days of starting the hive. Virtually zero stored pollen but using the pollen as it comes in.
No science to back me, but my belief is the bees can use either, fermented, or non fermented. If it has to be stored for a while, by fermenting it the bees have found a great way to extend it's usable life.
"Thinking Inside The Box"