All About Bee Pollen!

Did you know there is more to honeybees than just honey and beeswax? There is another product made by these industrious little creatures in their quest for food production; Bee Pollen! This lesser-known substance has many proven (and still unknown) benefits and can be incorporated into your healthy lifestyle.
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What is Bee Pollen?

Honey Bees collect pollen from flowers and shape it into a little ball or pellet, they then carry it in pollen baskets (corbiculae) on their hind legs. These foraging bees bring the pollen back to the hive, where they pass it off to other worker bees that pack the pollen into cells. The pollen is mixed with nectar, bee secretions, enzymes, honey, and wax during collection and packing. Pollen is high in protein and is the primary protein source for the hive.

Where Does it Come From?

Just like honey, bee pollen from each individual hive will have a unique composition and is specific to where the particular hive is located. Because pollen is collected from many different types of local plants, it will vary in shape, colour, and nutritional content. Pollen is the ultimate locally sourced and crafted food product!

Is Bee Pollen Healthy?

The short answer to this question is, YES! Just like honey and beeswax, pollen contains all kinds of nutrients and is often touted as a superfood.  It is a good source of tocopherol, niacin, thiamine, biotin, folic acid, polyphenols, carotenoid pigments, phytosterols, enzymes, and co-enzymes. It also contains proteins, carbs, enzymes, and amino acids, as well as antioxidants.  This amazing substance packs a heavy nutritional punch and a little bit of bee pollen every day goes a long way as a nutritional supplement.
One tablespoon of bee pollen contains:
  • 16 calories
  • 0.24 grams of fat
  • 1.2 grams of protein
  • 2.18 grams of carbohydrates
  • 250 types of nutrients including vitamins and flavonoids
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While there is still more work to be done in the scientific community before many of the health benefits of consuming bee pollen can be proven, anecdotal evidence and studies show that this superfood may be useful in fighting cancer and liver damage and in treating acne, allergies, arthritis, asthma, high cholesterol, and osteoporosis. It may also enhance energy, sharpen memory, slow the aging process, promote weight loss, and improve athletic performance.
Be aware that if you are a person who suffers from seasonal allergies or who is allergic to bee stings, pollen can cause a severe reaction. 

How Do I Eat It?

Incorporating pollen is a wonderful way to add more plant-based protein (and all the other nutrients) to your diet! Simply add a teaspoon or tablespoon to your smoothie, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, granola, baking, or salad. Or, you can just eat it straight from a spoon!
Bee pollen should be stored in a cool, dark place and kept out of direct sunlight. You can also freeze it to make it last a very long time.

Where Do I Buy It?

When purchasing pollen, it is important to make sure you are getting a product that is authentic and pure, with no added preservatives or additives. Fortunately for you, we offer pure bee pollen in our store, either in-person or online! When you buy bee pollen from Good Morning Honey, you know you are getting the very best.

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What do you do with Honeycomb?

We have been in the honey business for quite some time and many of the questions we get about our bees and their honey involve honeycomb! What is honeycomb? Is honeycomb edible? Is it good for me? We are so happy to answer all these questions and any others as they come up, but we thought we would put together this little information piece on the magic that is honeycomb straight from the hive.  

Is Honeycomb Edible?

This is usually the first (and in our opinion) the most important question people ask. The answer is, YES! It’s perfectly edible and is actually the most authentic, pure way to experience honey because humans haven’t processed or altered it in any way.  Not to mention it’s delicious too.  It’s truly nature’s candy! 

Try pairing honeycomb with: 

  • Brie
  • Ice cream
  • A nice sharp cheese on a charcuterie board
  • A spoon!

honeycomb edible with brieIf you want some more inspiration, follow us @albertahoneybee where we share recipes! 

Why is Honeycomb Shaped as a Hexagon? 

We never get over the perfect hexagonal pattern of a sheet of honeycomb.  No one teaches the bees this, and they don’t need to take measurements or do any kind of math to produce it.  Just rows and rows of perfectly shaped hexagons! The best explanation we have for why the bees instinctively construct their honeycombs in this pattern, is that the hexagon is the most efficient use of space. There are no awkward corners left over that cannot be filled. The angles help the cells bear weight and work together as a whole.  The short answer? Honeybees are smart!

Does Honeycomb Expire? 

Just like honey, honeycomb has an incredibly long shelf life.  You can keep it in the freezer (to prevent crystallization) and thaw it when you want to use it or keep it in the cupboard or pantry. No need to refrigerate!

Is Honeycomb Good For Me? 

Honey (and honeycomb) is not only delicious, but it also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties! It was historically used as a dressing for wounds and as a first aid treatment for burns and cuts. It’s a great substitute for sugar, improves heart health, and honeycomb may also even boost liver function! We don’t know if the fact that you can chew the wax in honeycomb as a gum counts as a health tip or not (although it DOES serve as a  substitute for gum sweetened with artificial sweeteners), but it’s certainly a fun tidbit! 

Where Can I Buy Honeycomb?

You can purchase honeycomb online, we ship it worldwide!

If you are  in the Edmonton Area, we have our honeycomb available at our farmers’ markets or we also offer delivery!

Browse our online store to see the wide range of products available for purchase

Honeycomb is not only safe to eat… it’s a healthy, tasty, sweet treat that is actually good for you.

Be sure to follow us @albertahoneybee for recipes and all things honey related! 

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Homemade Iced Tea with Good Morning Honey

It’s almost patio season, and what could be better than sitting on your back deck drinking a glass of healthy homemade iced tea? Instead of sweetening your cool backyard beverage with highly processed and refined sugar or using a sugary store bought iced tea mix, consider making it at home with all-natural, healthy, delicious honey from Good Morning Honey to create a truly custom order drink.

What Is the Healthiest Way to Sweeten Iced Tea?

Honey not only tastes great but it is also incredibly healthy and includes enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. In fact, it is the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain function. Our Alberta made liquid honey is pure, unpasteurized and unfiltered. If that is not enough to convince you, raw honey also contains phytonutrients that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. 

Refined sugar and artificial sweeteners just can’t compete with our honey’s list of accomplishments. Sugar and sugar substitutes add nothing but empty calories and suspect chemicals to your drink, but when you use our Alberta honey you can actually feel good about your sweet patio treat!

How to Sweeten Iced Tea with Honey

Here is a basic Good Morning Honey Iced Tea recipe to get you started:

  • Boil 10-12 cups of water 
  • Dissolve ½ cup of honey into the boiled water
  • Add 4-6 tea bags and a few slices of lemon 
  • Let cool in the fridge 
  • Serve cold over ice
  • Enjoy! ❤️🐝

This recipe is just a basic template. Good Morning Honey’s bees gift us with many different varieties of honey, so you can try them all and see what flavour you prefer! Creamed honey or maybe dandelion or blueberry?  You decide.  You can also experiment with different natural flavourings and add: fresh mint, lime, lemon, ginger, strawberries, raspberries, etc. You can also vary the type of tea (black tea, herbal tea).  If you’re feeling fancy, you could dress your iced tea up with edible flowers and serve your guests a cheerful sprig of lavender or marigold with their glass of homemade honey iced tea! 

Once you build your custom Good Morning Honey iced tea beverage, we’d love to see it! Tag us on Instagram @albertahoneybee

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Pysanky

How to Decorate Pysanky

Decorating Ukrainian Easter eggs or Pysanky is a tradition in our family. Both sets of Richard’s Grandparents emigrated from Ukraine. Richard grew up in a strong Ukrainian – Canadian family in North Eastern Alberta and we are proud to pass his heritage on to our children.

Here are some great, easy to use instructions on how to decorate Pysanky.

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Baking with Honey

 

 We love using honey in our baking!

Here are a few tips when using honey in your favourite recipes:

Baking with Honey

Honey is sweeter than white sugar, so you can use less of it when baking:

  • Decrease the liquid in the recipe by ¼ cup
  • Add ½ teaspoon of baking soda for every cup of honey
  • Reduce your oven temperature by 25 degrees

 

Here is our quick conversion guide: