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Sour tasting pollen


#1

I have been a beekeeper for a little over a month now and loving every second of it. I recently started picking up the pollen that fell through for my consumption. 2 weeks ago it tasted like the watermelon vines I have growing next to the hive. Now, the taste is slightly sweet with a lip pearcing sourness at the end. Would anyone have an idea as to why?


#2

I would guess acidity. Nectar has a pH of around 4, which is fairly acidic. Pollen classically tastes a bit like sherbet, but without the fizz. That would be characteristic of an acid flavor. :wink:


#3

So I get what your saying but… it’s a sour without sweet. It was so bad I had to wash my mouth out. I drink vingar twice a week so I can handle sour but this is different. Usually I can taste the flower it comes from. I wonder if salvia (an extremely popular plant in Texas) is the culprit.


#4

Hi Evan, I used to use a pollen trap. I used to find that some pollens were very awful tasting, very bitter. Usually the very dark pollens were like that.


#5

Hmmm ok well it sounds like there is no need to be alarmed. Thank you all very much.