The Canadian Pine Pollen Company started from a quest for a healthy life fuelled by a shared vision for the wild and out of respect for the land. Our objective is to create novel food value in existing Canadian forests and bring to the market best in class functional foods, herbs, and nutraceuticals.
Dr. Saeid Mushtagh, Naturopathic Doctor, Co-founder
With every bite we take make an essential choice. Do we invite health and vitality or sickness and disease? Do we live in harmony with Mother Earth or do we invite conflict and decline. Studying Naturopathic Medicine gave a great appreciation for plants and herbs. Pine trees in particular have deepened my respect for the trees. These ancient and mystical trees reflect the giving nature of Mother Earth the most. They give to the humans from root to crown, needle, cone, branch, bark, resin, lumber, and now pollen a complete food rich in nutrients, and enzymes. Truly the pine trees have perfected the art of giving.
Burgess Andre, President, Co-founder
I was born in Whitehorse, Yukon, raised in Yellowknife, NT, and have been calling Vancouver, British Columbia "home" since 2013. I feel very fortunate to have experienced life in some of Canada's most beautiful areas - and as an added bonus, growing up in Canada's arctic region makes it easy to appreciate and respect the power of Mother Nature. I'm passionate about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and I am convinced nature provides us with all the essentials to do so. I like to push my body and test the limits, and pine pollen is my go-to for maintaining optimum strength and dexterity.
When we set out to harvest the potent pine , we knew we wanted to do it sustainably, and that to us meant taking care during each step of the process to maintain the integrity of the pollen and its unique composition, and honour the human connections this product could create and sustain. We adhere to the highest Canadian quality standards in food and supplement manufacturing and and lead the industry in establishing Sustainable Harvest Protocols.
The forest in mountain ranges of B.C. present a great opportunities as well as ample challenges. The most significant part of our learning curve was and is having a limited window for harvesting. After maturity, just a few days too late and a good wind will blow all the pollen away.
Our first harvest for ourselves in 2016 was small, but successful. Soon our friends and family observing our crazy ventures into the wild, soon caught on to the benefits of pine pollen, and before long, we had demand. But with that came the problem of logistics.
The truest tree-to-jar pine pollen there. A pure free-flowing golden treasure from the forest.
We hand harvest our pollen from wild and private forests, and test them against best Certified Organic and GMP regulations. Our pollen is tested to be free from Pesticide, herbicides, residue and heavy metals. We dry out pine pollen in controlled temperatures and store them in cold storage until shipping, so what you see in your hand when you get our pollen, it is the truest tree-to-jar pine pollen there is.
The health and well-being of people and the planet are our number one priority. In addition to creating our Sustainable Harvest Protocols, we work tirelessly to promote the responsible use of forest resources in Canada and worldwide. We regularly make donations to NGOs like Community Forests International to do our part in supporting responsible business practices.
All of our products meet the highest standards of GMP and ISO certification and are also certified safe by the Safe Quality Food Institute.