We owe a lot to bees. We have them to thank for honey, candles, and, thanks to pollination, fruit and vegetables. Their pollen, interestingly, is also in demand. Enjoyed as a specialty food garnish or ingested for its purported health benefits, bee pollen is popping up in restaurants, bars, and markets alike. But is it all that it’s cracked up to be?

Words by Catherine Lamb at Food52

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