Other then having dubious reputation as nutritional supplement, is bee pollen kosher? I remember reading somewhere it may contain bee parts, but I can't find it now.

  • Even honey contains bee parts.
    – Double AA
    Commented Dec 1, 2019 at 14:10
  • @DoubleAA I'm not talking about microscopic parts. Commented Dec 2, 2019 at 7:50
  • I'm not either.
    – Double AA
    Commented Dec 2, 2019 at 11:12
  • @DoubleAA Please elaborate. I have a honey jar at home, no insects part spotted. Commented Dec 3, 2019 at 18:36
  • I'm guessing you have super filtered processed honey? Ever had raw plain honey?
    – Double AA
    Commented Dec 3, 2019 at 18:40

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From the Star-K:

Bees have brushes on their legs which collect the pollen from the flowers. The pollen is brushed toward the back of the bee and is pressed into baskets found on their legs. The bees add traces of saliva and nectar to make a more effective “press,” because pollen is naturally dusty and requires a binding agent. This popular health food product is kosher.

Footnote 10 in the linked article gives sources that the bee's saliva does not make the pollen non-kosher.

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