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I keep reading about some of yall harvesting pollen but what are yall doing with the pollen after you harvest it?
 

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Oh, I thought there was some pollinating or something going on with it. Thank you for the response. Its just bee food then?
 

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There are many beekeepers that clean the pollen, and package it for human consumption.
There is a ready market for it in some areas.

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The folks I know that harvest it for humans freez it for storage.
 

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I bottle it in bottles and take a few flyers with its uses to the farmers market on the weekends. I sold about 100lbs last summer at $10 a pound.
I enjoyed the link in your signature.
 

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We freeze our pollen in ziplocks for at least 24 hrs. as a preventative to kill wax moth eggs. the pollen for drying and sales is then processed in a food dehyrator at 95F. We use sheer curtain material to line the trays. We then take two large Plastic bowls (the static in the plastic helps the process) and winnow it like wheat in front of a fan to remove chaff, pollen dust, wings and such. The technique we do this is to pour the pollen slowly from one bowl to the other. We can clean about 50-60lbs an hour this way. Try it a couple of times and it will make perfect sense. Do it outside. Then it's into 5 gallon buckets with firm sealing lids to keep moisture and light out. Off to bottling when we do sales. We also sell it raw frozen and uncleaned in 1 lb. ziplock bags. The Dadant Cedar traps give us pretty clean pollen and we never see wax moths or larve in our pollen. $10/lb for dry - $15 for raw.
 
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