Bee Pollen and a Bike Ride

Greetings from The Triangle Plate! It has been quite a summer, and between a national disaster (our heartfelt thanks to the commitment and bravery of the firemen who prevented further devastation in our city) and a few needed escapes to our beautiful mountains, I had taken unplanned sabbatical from the blog, but am back with renewed vigor and a new look (which is still being tweaked over the next few days). All thanks to Megan McCluskey for her extraordinary design skills. She took my photographs of my beloved triangle plate and wrinkled table cloth, and created the refreshing logo you now see. So, here we go. . .

I thought I’d kick off this first post with a new food to me. Bee pollen. During our mountain getaway, we were searching through the menu at the Lodge at Vail for something healthy and sustaining for breakfast before our bike ride up Vail Pass. Granola is our usual choice, but this house made version was sporting bee pollen. Never having tried it, I was intrigued. The granola was delicious, the bee pollen was slightly sweet (and full of protein, I have since learned), and I can attest to a total lack of hunger while pedaling up the pass.

From what I have read, some regard bee pollen as a super food and others (like the FDA) don’t see a reason to ingest it. I’m curious. Have you tried bee pollen? Let’s hear about it.

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11 Responses to Bee Pollen and a Bike Ride

  1. MB says:

    Welcome back Stephanie and Dave! We have missed your entries!!
    Yes – I have tried bee pollen – it is an interesting and welcome addition to different things – it was a surprise to me as well sprinkled over a slice of crustless cheesecake with fresh fruit many years ago in NYC. Yum! Looking forward to your suggestions on how you use it!!

  2. Amy says:

    Hey Stephanie!
    Sounds like you are having lots of fun! Here is a link of good info in bee pollen ingestion….
    Hope you have a great Sunday!

  3. Stephanie says:

    MB- many thanks! Yes, it’s an interesting ingredient indeed. Amy’s link (thank you, Amy!) talks about the research done. From what I can tell, there are those who use it as a nutrional supplement, and then those who use it more for texture and color. It was certainly beautiful on my granola.

  4. Dave says:

    Delicious! Just had it for breakfast. Again . . . .

  5. Megan says:

    Cool link Amy! I think I’ll go pick some up especially if it potentially benefits pregnancy. But high birth weight and low infant death rates are probably just a benefit of eating anything with protein while pregnant.
    Ps-beautiful pics Stephanie.

  6. Emily says:

    Ha! At first I assumed you’d be talking about some allergic reaction you had to bee pollen. I was delightfully suprised to read that you ate it for breakfast. I’m not sure how I feel about it except that it makes me want to sneeze just seeing it on the granola! And Meg, no worries about buying it. I can scrape it off my car in the Spring and mail you some. ;)

  7. Emily says:

    BTW, I LOVE the new look!!!!

  8. Stephanie says:

    Dave- yum.
    Meg- go protein!
    Em- yeah, I had my EpiPen at hand… seemed like it could be a tragic end to a good morning, but amazingly, I am just fine (though I did read that though rare, allergic reactions have occurred after eating bee pollen). And I think that the bee pollen collected that we eat is actually not from plants that transfer pollen by air (there’s a fancy name, but I can’t remember it), but from plants that only transfer pollen by insects and/or animals. So, it’s heavier, stickier. I would not advise sending pollen scraped off your car half way around the world for consumption. ha! ha! But makes your car a great giant Etch-a-Sketch for Elena! And thanks, glad you like the new look!

  9. rita says:

    I keep meaning to ask you, is the the bee pollen very crunchy? Its seems like the perfect addition to granola.
    p.s. I thought I was going to miss your previous heading but this new look is a so creatively refreshing!

  10. Stephanie says:

    MerRita- the pollen is actually quite soft. Little soft nuggets. And the flavour is really subtle — you’ll have to try it sometime! And thank you. Glad you like the “look.”

  11. Megan Cumby says:

    Hello Stephanie, Elodia’s daughter again. It’s has been a while since I’ve tuned into this website since we’ve been very busy with summertime fun, some gardening, a bit of traveling thanks to our new trucking business and Brody, who’s now almost 2. Happy to see you’re still doing this. Very interesting recipes available. Looking forward to trying a few and reading a few stories. I have never tried bee pollen. I had no idea you could get it in the rough. I’ll give it a whirl when I come across it. My new thing is trying to find exotic grains and juicing greens. I cannot believe there is such a variety of grains that go unnoticed and unsold by big grocery facilities. Just a thought. Well, good luck on your endeavors and take care. I will be tuning in from time to time. Thank you for creating such a cool website!

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