7 Lesser-Known Facts About Manuka Honey

7 Lesser-Known Facts About Manuka Honey

Sweet, tasty, all-natural, and capable of supporting your overall health, Manuka honey is a true unicorn of honey variants. The more you learn about Manuka, the more fascinating this type of honey becomes. Pure Manuka honey is delicious on its own and a great addition to a variety of foods. When produced using high-quality practices, this product is unlike any other.

From the unique, creamy caramel texture of Manuka honey to the powerful properties and related benefits, there are several reasons why you’ll want to make this super honey part of your everyday routine.


Surprising Facts about Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is more than just a sweet treat—it has plenty of surprising qualities that make it superior to any other honey. These 7 Manuka honey facts will leave you searching for the nearest jar you can get your hands on.


Fact 1: Manuka Honey Has a Unique Origin

Manuka honey comes from the Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium), native to New Zealand. Bees make Manuka honey by collecting nectar and pollen from the Manuka flower found on these tea trees. The highest quality Manuka honey comes from a region called the Golden Triangle in New Zealand, where Manuka trees can thrive.

The best Manuka honey is 100% traceable and produced exclusively from the remote Manuka forests in New Zealand. For example, when you purchase Manukora honey, you can check the origin of your batch by scanning the unique code found on each of our products. Using independent sequencing, we prove the origin of every product we sell, ensuring you receive authentic, raw Manuka honey from the best locations.

Fact 2: Manuka Honey Has a Bioactive Property Called Methylglyoxal 

If you haven’t heard of methylglyoxal (MGO) before, you’ll be excited to learn more about its impressive powers. Methylglyoxal is a natural bioactive compound found uniquely in Manuka honey that offers several potential benefits. Methylglyoxal is known as a power compound because it has antibacterial and soothing properties for the body. In fact, many of the potential benefits of Manuka honey are a direct result of its MGO content.

Fact 3: MGO Rating Is the Key to Manuka Honey’s Potency

Not all Manuka honey is the same, and the easiest way to tell the difference is by looking at the honey’s MGO rating. This rating indicates the MGO content in a given batch of honey. Since MGO is the key to Manuka honey’s antibacterial powers, this rating highlights the potency of the honey and the power of the potential benefits it has to offer. The higher the rating, the higher the potency.

At Manukora, we offer multiple types of honey, with MGO ratings from 200 to over 1000. Every batch of our honey is tested by third-party laboratories, which you can access through our QR trace platform on each product.

Fact 4: Manuka Honey Has Several Wellness Benefits

Manuka honey contains several properties that make it good for your health. Manuka honey has antibacterial and soothing properties. This special honey variant also has unique antioxidants not found in other forms of honey, helping to support your health. Altogether, the properties of Manuka honey make it a Honey With Superpowers™, able to support your overall health.

Other potential health benefits from the nutrients of Manuka honey include:

  • Supporting a normal, high-functioning immune system
  • Promoting a healthy gut and digestive system
  • Serving as a natural source of energy and antioxidants

Fact 5: There Are Many Ways To Enjoy Manuka Honey

You may run to try Manuka honey for its impressive potential health benefits, but its sweet, caramel-like taste will keep you coming back for more. Manuka honey has a creamy texture with a rich flavor, making it a sensory experience unlike any typical honey. When you taste Manukora’s super honey, you immediately notice the purity of the product.

Even better, Manuka honey is incredibly versatile, so there are many ways that you can add it to your day. Some ways you can use Manuka honey include:

  • Eating it by the spoonful
  • Adding it to your tea or favorite beverage
  • Drizzling it over a piece of peanut butter toast
  • Topping your ice cream with it
  • Adding it to your smoothies
  • Mixing it in with your favorite yogurt or oatmeal
  • Substituting it for maple syrup.

There is no wrong way to enjoy Manuka honey, so use it in a way that works for you and brings you the most joy. Just avoid exposing it to excessive heat, such as baking or BBQ, which can degrade certain bioactive properties.

Fact 6: Manuka Honey Has a Long Shelf-Life

The anti-bacterial properties of Manuka honey have more benefits than just being great for your health—they also mean that you don’t have to worry about your honey spoiling anytime soon.

For example, our Manukora honey has a five-year “best before” date. It actually lasts far longer than that, but regulations require us to put a date on it. Although, the excellent taste means you’ll finish it long before then. With such a long shelf-life, Manuka honey allows you to stock up without worrying about how its quality will hold up over time.

To preserve this long shelf-life, be sure to keep the honey jar tightly sealed, use a clean spoon to avoid contamination, and keep the honey at a temperature between 67 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fact 7: Manuka Honey and Ethical Beekeeping Go Hand-in-Hand

As with any form of honey, bees are a vital part of producing rich and tasty Manuka honey. However, not all Manuka honey is produced the same way. To create pure Manuka honey, bees only collect nectar and pollen from the Manuka flower. 

A foundational pillar for us at Manukora is to care for the bees and elevate the standards of beekeeping. We go to great lengths to support the health and well-being of the bees that produce our honey by following ethical beekeeping practices, protecting the natural environment, and avoiding all harmful toxins and chemicals such as glyphosate. 


Experience the Superpowers of Manuka Honey for Yourself

The taste of Manuka honey alone is enough to want to make it part of your day, but learning more about the lesser-known facts behind it is even more reason to try this impressive honey. Between the versatility of Manuka honey and the potential health benefits, it is an excellent addition to your daily routine.

At Manukora, we follow careful practices to ensure you get the best, purest possible product. The combination of an indulgent taste and multiple potential health benefits truly make Manukora a super honey.

Explore our complete collection of Manuka honey and experience all the benefits of a Honey With Superpowers™ for yourself.  



Identification and quantification of methylglyoxal as the dominant antibacterial constituent of Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) honeys from New Zealand | PubMed Central

5 Benefits of Mānuka Honey | Cleveland Clinic

Health Benefits of Mānuka Honey as an Essential Constituent for Tissue Regeneration | PubMed Central

Dietary modulation of the human colonic microbiota: introducing the concept of prebiotics | PubMed Central

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