How to Collect Pine Tree Pollen


Once a year in spring, pine trees dust the earth with a thin coating of yellow pollen. To those with clean cars or allergies, this can seem more like a nuisance than a miracle of nature. But pine pollen has many more uses than just getting on our nerves. Pine pollen can actually be eaten to give you a little energy boost via its relatively high testosterone levels. And, it may also benefit your heart if eaten in large enough amounts. But, you have to collect it first.

Step 1

Wait until spring, when pine tree pollen production is at its height.

Step 2

Look for the trees male cones. They're easy to spot because they're covered in yellow pollen.

Step 3

Pinch the cone off the pine tree. If you have mild allergies, you may want to tie a scarf around your nose and mouth before doing so.

Step 4

Shake the make cone into the plastic bucket.

Step 5

Check the pollen for bugs and remove any foreign material.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bucket


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