You can’t get better than pure, genuine New Zealand Manuka Honey.
New Zealand Manuka Honey is world-renowned as not just a delicious natural sweetener, but as a unique super-food to boost our overall well-being.
If it didn’t originate from New Zealand, it’s not Manuka Honey. We’re the only country where the Manuka Tree (Leptospermum scoparium) is native.
The NZ Government has strict regulations that make it clear and transparent for customers to see where their Manuka Honey was made. So, we are uniquely placed to send our Manuka Honey products overseas and people can trust it is genuine, 100% Manuka Honey.
Many of the super-food properties of Manuka were well known to Maori before European settlers introduced honey bees. Most parts of the New Zealand Manuka tree were used in traditional Maori medicine (Rongoā Māori) to treat wounds, burns, inflammation and digestive complaints.
Manuka Honey is certified to guarantee the quality of the product. Here’s what the certifications mean:
MGO/MG or UMF rating
Before scientists worked out exactly what it was in Manuka Honey that made it so special they identified this special-something as Unique Manuka Factor, or UMF. This rating tests the non-peroxide activity of Manuka Honey.
MG or MGO stands for ‘Methylglyoxal’, one of the compounds that gives Manuka Honey its unique properties. The MG/MGO test measures the level of MG/MGO in the Manuka Honey.
The conversion table below shows how the UMF and MGO ratings compare:
All pure monofloral Manuka Honeys come in varying degrees of strength. Different brands use different grading systems to highlight the strength or bioactivity. UMF and MGO are the most commonly used grading systems and the most trusted.
|MGO (Methylgloxal) is one of the chemical markers found in Manuka Honey||As part of the quality process, independent testing measures four key signature markers - MGO, Leptosperin, HMF and DHA|
|MGO 80||UMF 5+|
|MGO 260||UMF 10+|
|MGO 510||UMF 15+|
|MGO 690||UMF 18+|
|MGO 830||UMF 20+|
|MGO 1200||UMF 25+|
|MGO 1620||UMF 30+|
MGO 250+ and above, or 10+ UMF and above is considered to be “therapeutic grade”.
Organic and certified organic Manuka Honey
The “organic” label means is that the honey and everything the bees and flowers have been in contact with have not been in contact with pesticides, sprays or synthetic chemicals.
Certified organic honey can guarantee that their products aren’t just synthetic pesticide or herbicide or residue free, but the whole process of producing the honey is done sustainably and putting the needs of the bees first. Choosing a certified organic product means you have a guaranteed authentic organic honey.
Multifloral or monofloral
Some Manuka Honey may have the label “multifloral”. This means the honey contains nectar from Manuka and other flowers. Pure Manuka Honey may be labelled “monofloral”.
Because Manuka Honey is so highly sought-after there are some unscrupulous producers trying to pass off inferior overseas honey as our national treasure.
Genuine Manuka Honey is more expensive than other honeys because of its scarcity and unique wellness properties.
Watch this video to see what makes Manuka Honey so exclusive, and expensive.