- The rich flavor of Manuka honey and the unique nutrients present in it make it a decadent and beneficial sweetener for tea.
- The varieties of tea are vast and boast diverse flavors and powerful antioxidants that support health and wellness.
- The bioactive components present in Manuka honey pair beautifully with the health benefits of tea, making it a smart and delicious addition to a healthy lifestyle.
- Brewing the perfect cup of tea takes practice but a focus on water temperature and steeping times makes all the difference.
Manuka Honey in Tea: Perfecting the Brew for Delight & Health
Stories are more delightful and burdens are easier to bear when they’re shared over a delicious cup of tea. Tea, which originated in China thousands of years ago, has become celebrated and loved all over the world. For many, a cup of tea is a comforting daily ritual that’s been passed down through the generations evoking a sense of security, love, and peace.
Manuka honey, in contrast, is rare and unique with a rich, creamy, caramel flavor. Specific nutrients present in this golden nectar support and maintain immunity and general well-being. Its indulgent flavor and dense nutrient profile make this liquid gold the perfect pairing with your next cup of tea.
So, let's dig into everything you should know about adding Manuka honey to your daily tea ritual.
The Essence of Manuka Honey
In the dense Manuka tea tree forests of New Zealand, Manuka honey is produced. Native to that region of the world, the nectar of the Manuka tea tree is complex and nutrient-dense, resulting in honey unlike any other.
In addition to the typical water, sugars, vitamins, and minerals found in everyday raw honey, Manuka honey contains unique nutrients, including:
- Methylglyoxal (MGO) is a powerful antimicrobial component that helps maintain the healthy bacteria of the body.
- Potent prebiotics promote a healthy gut.
- Leptosperin is a powerful antioxidant that supports cellular health and overall wellness.
Its unique composition also results in a one-of-a-kind sensory experience. Manuka honey is creamy and often described as having a buttery melt-in-your-mouth texture. Its complex flavor is similar to a rich caramel toffee, making it an indulgent and decadent pairing with your favorite cup of tea—or just by itself if you like.
The Tea Landscape: From Greens to Blacks
The world of tea is vast and exciting with each type having its own story to tell. Unique aromas, flavors, and a wealth of health benefits are enjoyed all over the world. Let’s take a look at the most popular types of tea celebrated and shared today—and what makes them special.
One of the best-known teas worldwide, black tea has a rich, woody, aromatic, and almost malt-like flavor.
It's made from the oxidized leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. While the oxidation process breaks down some of the nutrient content, it's still a rich source of flavonoids (powerful antioxidants). These antioxidants neutralize free radicals which are harmful to cellular health.
Green tea, when steeped at the correct temperature, has a sweet grassy flavor.
It is also derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant but unlike black tea, it is not oxidized. The limited processing protects the nutrient profile making green tea a powerhouse of antioxidants and other anti-inflammatory components.
Partial oxidizing of the tea leaves means that oolong tea has the woody flavors of black tea blended with the sweeter flavor of green tea. It’s a great choice for those who desire more of the benefits of green tea without its distinct taste.
Herbal teas are a fascinating and exciting option when it comes to cozy and warm drinks. Herbal teas are made from herbs, fruit, berries, seeds, or roots steeped in hot water—and each type is as unique as its source. Popular herbal teas include ginger, chamomile, ginseng, ginkgo bilobo, and mint.
Manuka Honey & Tea: A Match Made in Heaven
Manuka honey is a delicious and nutritious sweetener suitable for any cup of tea. Its unique blend of sugars yields a lower glycemic index than refined sugar so you can enjoy its sweetness with fewer calories.
Manuka honey ranges from a richer, more complex caramel flavor to a lighter, more floral flavor. The lighter Manuka honey is especially delicious paired with the delicate flavor of green tea. The darker, richer Manuka honey complements black tea and softens its rich woody undertones.
Whatever pairing you experiment with, you’ll notice that Manuka honey elevates any tea experience and can even counteract the bitterness of a particular tea blend so you can enjoy its health benefits more often.
The unique nutrients found in Manuka honey paired with the antioxidants present in the tea together support general wellness, making tea with Manuka honey a clever—and delicious—addition to any lifestyle.
Brewing the Perfect Cup: Steps & Tips
Tea is to be savored, appreciated, and remembered—and brewing the perfect cup is an art and a joyful part of that experience.
To make a delicious cup of tea, pay close attention to the temperature of the water that you steep the tea leaves in (in a bag or loose).
- Green tea:180 degrees Fahrenheit
- Oolong tea: 185 degrees Fahrenheit
- Black and Herbal teas: 210 degrees Fahrenheit
Black, green, and oolong teas should steep for around three minutes, but herbal teas ideally should steep for up to seven minutes for the best results. Practice makes perfect!
With your tea steeped, you’ll be wondering when to add your Manuka honey. To avoid depletion of the beneficial nutrients found in the honey, steer clear of adding it to water that’s just been boiled. Rather add it once your cup of tea starts to cool. A helpful rule of thumb is to add one teaspoon of honey to one cup of tea—but if you choose to add more, we won’t blame you.
Remember to always store your Manuka honey in its original jar, tightly sealed in a cool, dark place in your pantry or cupboard between uses.
Manukora's Promise: Ensuring the Finest Manuka for Your Tea
At Manukora, we’re passionate about our honey. Through dedication and perseverance, we strive to produce the highest quality of Manuka honey possible. Practicing The Art of Ethical Beekeeping ensures that Manuka honey can be passed down from one generation to the next, just like the timeless tradition of drinking tea.
We ensure that our honeybees are protected and have sufficient honey in their hives so they thrive throughout the winter months. Harvesting the honey is done as gently and non-intrusively as possible. At Manukora, we care for the bees and their natural environment. As such, we work hard to protect the unique Manuka tea tree forests that produce such valuable nectar for our bees.
Through laboratory testing, each batch of our honey, free from any additives, is tested to ensure that it meets our specific composition requirements—so that you can always experience genuine and pure Manukora honey in each cup of tea!
The perfect cup of tea combined with the indulgence of Manuka honey will enhance your daily cup of tea—both in flavor and nutrient density. Share it with your loved ones and friends and watch Manuka honey elevate the beloved ritual of drinking tea to a joyful wellness experience.
The journey to discovering the perfect blend of tea and Manuka honey starts with choosing the right Manuka honey, like our MGO 200 Manuka Honey, known for its rich flavor and therapeutic properties.
As you explore our trending products, consider adding a Manukora Dose Spoon to your collection for the perfect honey measurement every time. Understanding the honey-making process can deepen your appreciation for Manuka honey, and if you're considering sharing this experience with your little ones, our Manuka Honey Babies Guide offers great insights.
For bee enthusiasts, learning about how bees eat honey is fascinating. Lastly, appreciate the natural beauty of Manuka honey by exploring its variety of colors, each indicating a unique flavor profile.
The versatility and rich complexity of Manuka honey make it a fun and unique addition for any tea connoisseur. Enjoy experimenting with different teas and intensities of Manuka honey—the possibilities are endless, and satisfaction guaranteed.