Royal jelly is a potent, milky, pale yellow, creamy liquid with a strong taste. At room temperatures it has the consistency and look of vanilla pudding. Royal Jelly is the sole food of the queen bee throughout her life. Thriving on this diet, the queen bee will live up to fifty times longer than the average worker bee. Each day of her extraordinary life she will lay more than 1500 eggs, ensuring the survival of the hive.
Shipping and Storage
GloryBee imports royal jelly in a temperature-controlled freight container and stores royal jelly frozen solid. We ship your product with a cooling pack. This pack may be thawed upon arrival (dependent upon weather and shipping method chosen). Because royal jelly is a perishable product, GloryBee is not responsible for local weather conditions. We require all fresh royal jelly orders to ship using Next Day or 2nd Day Air. We HIGHLY recommend choosing next day shipping during hot summer months. We ship royal jelly Monday through Wednesday only. Next Day and 2nd Day Air orders will be shipped the next available business day. Please note that any other product in your order will be required to ship using Next Day and 2nd Day Air.
About Royal Jelly Harvesting
In nature when a colony needs a new queen, worker bees will build several wax queen cells. A queen will lay an egg into these cells and nurse bees will fill them with royal jelly to feed and develop the new queen. The hatched queens then fight it out – and the survivor is the new queen of the colony.
Commercially, beekeepers mimic the natural process by inserting wax queen cells or “starts” into the hive. The beekeeper will then insert an egg into these starts and the nurse bees then fill them with royal jelly.
At a very specific time, the beekeeper removes these fake queen cells from the colony and uses a small suction tool to extract the royal jelly from each cup. Larvae are filtered out and the royal jelly is chilled immediately. This painstaking process requires a strong colony and even more attentive beekeeper. It is estimated to produce a single ounce of royal jelly it requires 10 to 20 cells.
GloryBee has a longstanding relationship with our royal jelly supplier and has sourced royal jelly from the same supplier for over 20 years. Like every other domestic supplier of royal jelly, GloryBee sources its royal Jelly from China. Unlike every other supplier, we believe that our customers should know this information up front. We source royal jelly from the rural remote areas of the Anhui, Hebei, Shandong provinces of mainland China where beekeepers have been producing royal jelly for decades. Many of the families we source our royal jelly from have been keeping bees for three generations or more. As the senior beekeeper retires, children are taking over the business and continuing to grow and establish larger colonies. We fully trust the quality of our product and test each batch of royal jelly to ensure freshness, potency, and to ensure there are no prohibited substances.
One of the hidden secrets of the royal jelly industry is that 99% of royal jelly comes from China because there is very little royal jelly production in the United States or other countries. The United States beekeeping industry is geared toward honey production and pollination. Because royal jelly is difficult to produce and requires a large number of strong colonies to be an effective business, few domestic beekeepers pursue royal jelly production.
A man harvests Royal Jelly From Stater Queen Cells
Unfortunately, some beekeepers in China have severely damaged the reputation of China’s otherwise strong beekeeping industry. There have been reports in the past where beekeepers used prohibited antibiotics or somehow adulterated or diluted royal jelly to lower their costs. Every batch of royal jelly GloryBee imports is tested for potency and for prohibited substances. Due to our longstanding relationship with our supplier, we can guarantee that they utilize quality harvesting practices and produce only the highest quality royal jelly so you can be confident in what you’re buying.
A certificate of analysis and test results can be provided upon request.
Note: This product does not contain any of the 8 major allergens. In rare cases bee products may cause allergic reactions in some people.