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Author Topic: Current pollen colors - and flavors  (Read 571 times)
tjc1
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« on: July 03, 2013, 11:36:30 PM »

Here is the pollen I collected today (for a Harvard study of local pesticide exposure). When I was done there were a few packets of pollen on the table so I decided to taste one - I was surprised by the intensely sweet taste on the tip of my tongue (some also had some bitterness), but was even more surprised when I had my sister-in-law try some - and she tasted no sweetness at all... huh




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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2013, 12:47:43 AM »

Neat Pic!
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2013, 12:52:01 AM »

Very cool. I wonder what plant(s) produce purple pollen. I only notice the brown or yellow/orange in our hives.
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2013, 01:15:40 AM »

not much reason for pollen to taste sweet really. it is not nectar. well, not as in sweet like honey anyways, which is concentrated/etc. They do have pollen for eating, though.
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2013, 08:49:43 AM »

The bees add a little bit of nectar to make it stick together and stay on there legs.
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2013, 06:15:16 PM »

The bees add a little bit of nectar to make it stick together and stay on there legs.
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Aha! I wondered how they got it to stick together so nicely while flying and foraging, and to make such firm little pellets - that makes sense!
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2013, 03:59:17 AM »

hm. that does make sense, duh. guess there is a reason for it to taste sweet after-all.
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2013, 04:09:01 AM »

I'm pretty sure I read that, about the bees adding nectar, in "Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey Bee".
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