Bee brood

  • In some parts of the tropics, the larval and pupal stages of the honeybees (brood) are consumed as food in certain cultures. 
  • Bee brood has an important commercial potential as protein ingredient in animal diet particularly in poultry and aquaculture.
  • Bee larvae can be marketed as fresh, frozen or dried for human consumption. 
  • Bee brood has good natural nutritional value and should be harvested 9-11 days after the queen has laid eggs.  
  • Larvae are most conveniently removed from the comb before the cells are sealed but larval weight continues to increase for a day after cells are capped. 
  • Removal of larvae from the comb can be accomplished either by impact e.g. swinging or the use of jet water.  Brood can also be harvested by cutting out a comb section. 

 

Raw Bee Larvae

Raw Bee Larvae

 

  Fried bee larvae

Fried bee larvae