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.
The native Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium) is uniquely adapted to thrive in New Zealand’s challenging natural environment. Hardy and resilient, Manuka acts as a natural protector and regenerator of the land.
Manuka has a long history as a respected medicinal plant, traditionally used by the New Zealand Maori people as a remedy.
Manuka honey’s special qualities come from the Manuka flower nectar, which contributes unique natural compounds that make Manuka Honey so different from other honeys.
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.
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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