Published online December 9, 2021
Journal of Ecology and Environment (2021) 45:31
Sampat Ghosh1,Victor Benno Meyer-Rochow1,2 and Chuleui Jung1,3
Agriculture Science and Technology Research Institute, Andong National University, Andong, Republic of Korea; Department of Ecology and Genetics, Oulu University, Oulu, Finland; Department of Plant Medical, Andong National University, Andong, Republic of Korea
Correspondence to:Sampat Ghosh
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Despite the consumption of bee brood in several parts of the world, particularly in the tropical areas, the practice has received comparatively little attention. We have reviewed all the available information on the nutrient composition and functional properties of different developmental stages of honey bee workers belonging to different species and subspecies. Noticing the competent nutrient composition of, in particular, honey bee brood, pupae, and prepupae, we suggest that they could be a potential source of human nutrition as well as animal feed. Moreover, drone brood is an ideal candidate for use as a food or as food ingredient. However, to analyze the functional properties of different honey bee species remains a task for further analysis.
Keywords: Entomophagy; Protein; Amino acid; Minerals; Functional properties; Apiary; Bee products