Pinus banksiana Lamb., Pinaceae
Adapted to poor, dry soils and dependent on fire for its propagation, the jack pine tree is estimated to produce three to eight ounces of pine pollen per day during its flowering season. Pine pollen is a highly nutritious food, similar to bee pollen, without any particular aroma or flavor. In China and Korea, pine pollen has been taken traditionally for thousands of years to promote longevity and vitality. Indeed, it is the particular amino acid profile of pine pollen that has a tonifying and energizing effect on the body. Add one eighth to one half of a teaspoon of pine pollen daily to smoothies, ice-cream, puddings, fruit or vegetable juices, or any kind of meal of your choice. Pine pollen is a highly nutrient-dense food.
Pine pollen is rich in protein, vitamins, enzymes, essential oils, carbohydrates, and minerals. It contains over 200 bioactive nutrients that are 95% digestible.
We hand-pick our wild-harvested pine pollen in May in the wilderness of northern Saskatchewan.