Cracked wall pine pollen?

LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,602 admin
edited June 2022 in Wild Edibles & Medicinals

I was reading an email that listed the benefits of pine pollen. Sadly, my most easy to harvest source dried up just as it should have released much of its pollen. I suspect that's the effect of the spray. It would have been a heavy harvest as all the pollen thingys (yes, I know, a real herbalist term). Edit: ah...buds(!) were fat & bulging at the seams, but just not quite ready to release. One had given a little, so I wanted to wait a day, but it wasnt to be. I hope I can find some time to go elsewhere to get some.

Anyway, in this email, it claimed wild harvested "cracked wall" pollen was best for utilization of all the benefits (or your body has a hard time absorbing/utilizing it). Mind you, shortly after, there was the full sales pitch for a product. A "good" product pitch will try to sell you something that sounds exclusive to the particular product, so you just have to buy that particular product and none other.

But, this brings me to the question, if you are harvesting your own, what makes it cracked wall, or is this an industrial process, or is it just a sales scheme to sell a "unique" product?


  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,690 admin

    I wondered about that, too, @LaurieLovesLearning.

    This site suggests that it might just be marketing.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,602 admin
    edited June 2022

    Thanks for that @torey. To me, the term just sounded way too fishy, and I agree with this article's assessment.

    What made me question the term/claim further was the sales pitch shortly after. By the way, the email was from Sacred just a heads up if anyone follows them. Be wary of what claims and/or sales pitches come from them (and a few other super popular health focused companies). It is wise to carefully evaluate the "science" that stems from this company (and all others) and not just take it at face value because you have a fondness for them, admire them, everyone else follows them or takes a product, or you have somehow jumped onto their specific company bandwagon. Remember as well that partial truth isn't the full truth. Research is your friend.

    This confirms that I have to be even more critical in my thinking than I have been with the emails coming from them. I've wondered about various things promoted by them in the past too, but this particular one certainly demanded much further scrutiny.

    This is a good example that just because claims or a term may be almost universally accepted as truth, that it could, in fact, not be true at all. It also demonstrates the importance of researching.

    Most people (so it sounds like in the article) look for cracked cell wall pine pollen thinking it's the best, when really, they overpay for a ruined and inferior product.

    Again, thanks Torey!

  • Cornelius
    Cornelius Posts: 872 ✭✭✭✭

    That was an interesting article. I definitely agree with you @LaurieLovesLearning about doing your own research. Based on the article our bodies seem to crack the pollen internally to absorb the nutrients, but this would reduce oxidation to the pollen prior to ingestion.

  • marjstratton
    marjstratton Posts: 1,132 ✭✭✭✭

    Interesting. I have never heard of cracked cell wall pollen. Good article. It makes sense that the less processed the pollen, the more nutritious it would be.

  • jowitt.europe
    jowitt.europe Posts: 1,467 admin

    A very interesting discussion! So far I have never used pine pollen. But…. Every spring we get clouds of pine pollen covering windows, windowsills, benches… Everything is yellowish. I even stopped cleaning windows in spring before these clouds come. And then one has to do a proper cleaning…

    it is interesting to watch these clouds come from the forest even with a light breeze.