What is Manuka Honey?

 

This rare and special New Zealand honey is made from the nectar of the native Manuka plant (Leptospermum scoparium), which our clever bees collect and transform into Manuka honey, highly valued for its rare and complex properties. It is the nectar of the New Zealand Manuka flower that contributes the unique natural ingredients to Manuka honey that make it so different to other honeys.

Manuka honey is rare – it is only made in New Zealand, and can only be made for a few weeks a year when the Manuka plant is in flower. The amount of honey produced can vary greatly depending on weather conditions and how much nectar is produced.

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The first honey to be so extensively researched and recognised for its remarkable natural qualities


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Why is Manuka Honey so special?

 

Manuka honey is a complex honey that goes far beyond a simple table honey.

It has been the focus of extensive scientific research evidencing remarkable natural properties that set it apart from other honeys and make it so highly prized throughout the world.

Manuka honey requires special care and expertise to optimise and protect its special natural properties. Methylglyoxal (MGO) has been demonstrated to be the naturally occurring compound that makes Manuka honey so special. MGO is formed in the honey from Manuka nectar, and as the honey ripens, the MGO content can increase.

This requires expert handling and storage, and precise testing of the honey is essential to certify potency, quality and purity. Stringent regulations must be met at all stages of this process.

 

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Manuka Honey & Wellbeing

Due to New Zealand’s food regulations, we are unable to talk about any possible health applications and effects of Manuka honey. A large amount of research exists and Manuka honey has many devoted fans worldwide, so we encourage you to discover more through online searches, look for scientific research articles or simply try for yourself!

People tell us that they use Manuka honey as a natural boost, a winter wellbeing remedy or as a natural wholefood alternative to refined sugar. You can scan through some of our ideas on how to enjoy your Manuka Honey, or look through our 'Get-Inspired' section for recipes and DIY treatments

 

 


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What to look for when buying Manuka honey

 

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On the label

  • 100% New Zealand Origin - Look for trusted New Zealand Manuka honey exported in retail packs from New Zealand (‘Product of New Zealand’ labelling)
  • Certified Methylglyoxal (MGO) content - Not all Manuka honey contains the same amount of this important compound. Look for certified MGO content on the label to ensure you are getting the real deal, and the right grade of Manuka honey for your needs.
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From the Manufacturer

  • A trusted New Zealand brand - Look for a brand that has its own beekeepers and collects and manufacturers its own honey - this is your assurance of quality, authenticity and safety through careful and close protection.
  • Trusted source - To ensure a safe and high quality product manufacturers should be able to trace and guarantee their supply from beekeeper to jar and have supporting quality assurance programmes.
  • Specialised processing facilities – It takes intricate knowledge and capability to capture, optimise and protect the natural properties of Manuka honey. This expertise ensures the result is a premium quality Manuka honey that retains all its natural qualities and delicious rich flavour. Poorly handled honey can be crystallised in the pot and the natural properties diminished due to mishandling of the product through the course of processing, temperature extremes, packing and distribution.

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