Pollen Stored Above Queen Excluder?

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by dr.buzz, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. dr.buzz

    dr.buzz New Member

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    From my understanding it isn't the pollen necessarily that makes honey crystallize, but if you have honey high in glucose, as opposed to fructose, the crystallization process can be initiated by pollen.

    If one were to restrict the brood nest to below a queen excluder, would that also basically keep pollen out of the honey supers, lessening the chance of crystallization of the honey harvested?
     
  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Not if you have upper entrances as well.
    While I only use excluders when I have to, I have found some pollen in my honey supers, but not enough to cause a major problem.
     

  3. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Many people are buying honey these days for the allergy treatment. The pollen is what they are after.
     
  4. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    Iddee is right the pollen is what people want in honey. It is what theoretically desensitizes your allergies over timeand adds to the flavor. Honey high in glucose is more likely to crystalize. however crystals will form on about any small bit of foreign debris in the honey. So keeping pollen out IMHO would not noticable change the rate honey crystalizes