What is Bee bread?
Bee bread also known as Perga or Ambrosia (food of the Gods) is a mixture of pollen (70%) which the bees have collected and processed by mixing with honey (25%) and their own secretions and stored in empty cells within the comb. The pollen collection becomes bee bread after fermenting over a period of weeks due to the additives from the bee’s pre-digestion activities, this fermentation process preserves the pollen's nutrients and antioxidants. In addition to preservation the fermentation process of the pollen also renders its nutrients more available, enzyme levels are raised and importantly protein bioavailability is significantly enhanced.
Bee Bread vs Bee Pollen
Unlike dried bee pollen, fermented bee bread is eminently easier for humans and bees to digest.
Bee Bread is created in the hive because honey is not the only source of nourishment the bees need to feed on, pollen contains the proteins, vitamins, and other vital nutrients the bees require.
Once the cell is sealed with a small amount of honey and topped with wax it becomes air tight and the bee bread will remain in a stable condition for up to two and half years. The lifespan of fresh pollen is very brief and unless frozen will quickly die. However the lifespan of pollen contained in bee bread is greatly extended, retaining all the goodness we crave.
Why should we take Bee Bread?
Thanks to the pre-digestion process, and the addition of honey, bee bread is a potent, energy-rich food. Recognised as an energy booster, as well as having strong antioxidant, detoxifying properties.
Bee bread is about 20% proteins, 24-34% carbohydrates and 1,5 % of lipids. It has almost the same amount of calories as products from vegetables: flour, rice or peas. Bee bread has a large variety of minerals and has high quantities of iron, cobalt, phosphorus, calcium. It is one of the richest natural foods containing selenium (other are Brazil nuts, walnuts). Bee bread is also an excellent source of potassium and B-group vitamins.
It is a well-known Superfood. Early Egyptians and the ancient Chinese considered it a rejuvenator and a medicine. While allergic reactions to dried bee pollen are common place, adverse reactions to bee bread are almost unheard of.
Our Bee Bread is sourced from the purest of areas in the Siberian Altai where harmful pesticides have never been used and man has not meddled with the genetics of crops and food stuffs. There is no major infrastructure within 200km and many of the sites the bee keepers use can only be accessed on horseback. The bee bread only contains what the bees intended, it is free of any man made contaminants.