What is pine pollen and why                               dense wholefood sources in the world. Loaded with               ...
Scientific claims                                        fine, yellow layer on the ground and other nearby sur-           ...
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Comprehensive Guide to Harvesting Pine Pollen


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A step-by-step guide to harvesting pine pollen and its uses.

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  • hey, thanks for posting this. i live in the north east and am going to try this this spring. the pollen clusters that are separate from the cones, are they good as well?
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Comprehensive Guide to Harvesting Pine Pollen

  1. 1. What is pine pollen and why dense wholefood sources in the world. Loaded with over 20 amino acids, including all of the essentialshould I consume it? ones, rich in vitamins A, D, E, vitamins of the B complex, abundant in a wide range of minerals, in-Pine pollen is a fine yellow powder that is produced cluding copper, iron, calcium, manganese, magne-by the male cones of pine trees. The cones contain sium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, selenium,the sperm cells that are required for pine reproduc- ormus and zinc, as well as a natural source oftion. The common representation of a pine cone is TESTOSTERONE! - pine pollen is a natural miracleactually its female cone, as male cones are thinner, unto itself.longer, and of a lighter color than female cones.Male cones also go by the name of catkins, and Pine pollen has soare much softer than female cones. many health bene- fits that it is prob- Unlike female cones that ably impossible to grow anywhere on the recount them all in branch, male cones are to this guide. It is be found mostly at the end part of a very spe- of branches, where they are cial class of herbal more exposed and their tonics called adap- seeds can easily be dis- togens, which have the ability to identify and target persed by the wind. As its very specific health and fitness problems that affect purpose is to be carried over each individual. Moreover, it is completely nontoxic to and pollinate a female and safe to consume on a regular basis and for pro- cone, the tiny pollen grains longed periods of time. Similar to ginseng in its can settle on almost any scope, very few other plant products are known tosurface, including clean, vertical windows. possess such universal applicability. Adaptogens areInterestingly, although too small to be seen in detail able to rejuvenate the entire body, relieve stress,by the naked eye, magnifi- anxiety, speed up trauma recovery, fight depres-cation of a pine pollen grain sion, regulate metabolism, and help with diseasereveals that they are shaped management. Pine pollen is also a wonderfullike Mickey Mouses head. plant source of androgens, stimulating male en- docrine activity and working as a natural aphro-Pine pollen is viewed by disiac.many nutritionists and nat-ural health experts as oneof the most potent nutrient- Brought to you by RawFoodHealthWatch.com
  2. 2. Scientific claims fine, yellow layer on the ground and other nearby sur- faces. To collect pine pollen, different individuals mayScientists have also turned their gaze toward this use different methods.natural remedy, and have so far been able todetermine the following benefits of pine pollen: What tools do I need to collect pine pollen?• can increase the levels of a class of enzymes The collection of pine pollen does not require the use known as superoxide dismutase, which work as of any fancy equipment. However, and especially if you powerful antioxidants within all cells of the body. are prone to developing allergies, you will need the fol- lowing tools:• inhibits lipid peroxidation (the degenration of fats • plastic bag into free-radicals). • disposable gloves • a thin scarf or dust mask, to wear around• increases glutathione transferases (proteins that the mouth and nose works as catalysts in metabolic processes) and • a ladder, to reach the higher branches removes pollutants. of the pine tree. • baking sheets, to dry out the pollen• helps reduce lipofuscin deposits, which cause the • an air-tight container, in which to appearance of age spots on internal organs. store the dry pollen• can provide bio-available testosterone, as well as Where do I find pine pollen and how do I collect it? other natural steroids that promote the health of the reproductive system in both males and females, First and foremost, you should look for pine trees in as well as encouraging muscle health your area. People who are not experienced with nature might have trouble spotting pine trees among other• promotes the production of collagen and elastin coniferous trees. While there are about 115 known - the two main constituents of the skin that ensure species of trees in the pinus genus, most individuals its youthful appearance will be able to identify pines by their long, clustered needles. Some species of pine trees are tall and trian- gular, while others are shorter and more spread out.When do I harvest pine pollen? They are widely distributed across the globe and can be found in most of the Northern hemisphere. TheyMale pine cones begin releasing pollen during the are found in Eurasia, ranging across the Iberian Penin-spring, when the cycle of life begins once again. As sula and Scotland, Russia, Northern parts of Africa, tothe pollen drops from the cones, it usually forms a Southeast Asia, as well as spreading across to the Brought to you by RawFoodHealthWatch.com
  3. 3. equator. In North America, different pine tree species courage it to release its seed. The pollen should easilycan be found from Canada to Nicaragua. The most collect inside the bag. Repeat this process with multi-common varieties to be found in Canada are the Jack ple catkins until a decent amount of pollen is col-Pine and Red Pine. lected. At this point, the pollen can be consumed in its pure form, or dried out for later consumption. Jack Pine Red Pine Note: Some individuals prefer to leave a bag or bucket under the catkins and wait for time to work its magic, To harvest the pollen, however the amount of pollen you collect this way is a look for the light-col- lot harder to control. Others who want to obtain very ored catkins on the tips large amounts of pollen can simply crush the entire of branches. You will be catkin inside the bag; however, the resulting powder able to easily tell them will then have to be sifted, to separate the pollen from apart from female the crushed catkin bits. cones, since female cones are a lot thicker • If you decide to dry the collected pollen, spread it and darker colored than into a fine layer on a baking sheet and let it dry out their male counterparts. in the hot sun. While sun drying foods provides many health benefits, you can also use a dehydrator to dryThe fastest way to harvest out the pollen.pine pollen without dam-aging the catkins is to in- • After the pollen is dried, store it an air-tightsert the catkin into a container and place it in the refrigerator.plastic bag, then pinch itslightly to check forpollen. Due to its natural Thats all it takes to collect pine pollen!resins, the catkin may be- come sticky, especially when squeezed too much. If pollen is pres- ent, you can shake the cone very gently, to en- Brought to you by RawFoodHealthWatch.com