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Culinary uses for bee pollen?

I have a jar of bee pollen that I bought at the market in Aix - why you ask? I don't know. Because it was in there with all of the nice organic honeys and such, and I just wanted to. So - apart from antioxidant super-food put it in your smoothie uses, anything cool cooking-wise that I can do with it??

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asked over 4 years ago
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added over 4 years ago

Bee pollen is basically tasteless. You can sprinkle some on honey cake or cookies for a cool factor.

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Theo Chocolate here in Seattle dusts it over their honey saffron caramels. It's superb. The bee pollen especially goes well with the saffron's flavor. I wonder how it'd be mixed into a saffron quinoa pilaf, maybe flavored with coriander and walnuts? Or as part of the nut topping to baklava? Or garnishing affogato, maybe made with pistachio ice cream? Dusted onto honeyed hazelnuts on a cheese plate?

Now I'm just dreaming...

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It does have a nutty sweet flavor; it's just rather delicate. That's why it works best as a topping for something.

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It should be eaten raw, and it should be refrigerated. A tablespoon or so off a spoon is a treat -- and each flower source has its own color and flavor.

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A couple of smoothie places I know add it (about a spoonful) to smoothies. It's supposed to boost immune function and give you energy!

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I would definitely consider it a garnish. I can see it against a backdrop of chocolate ganache. I might even sprinkle it over my morning granola, though. I've always wanted to buy bee pollen, but never have.

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added over 4 years ago

Thanks all! If I had time I could whirl it into some ice cream :-) I think I will try it in a saffron couscous, and some sort of chocolate tart deal ...