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.
Wait until spring, when pine tree pollen production is at its height.
Look for the trees male cones. They're easy to spot because they're covered in yellow pollen.
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.
Shake the make cone into the plastic bucket.
Check the pollen for bugs and remove any foreign material.