What Does Manuka Honey Taste Like?

What Does Manuka Honey Taste Like?

Executive Summary:

  • Manukora’s Manuka honey is uniquely rich and potent thanks to our practice of Ethical Beekeeping which ensures our honey is raw and monofloral.


Honey has a reputation for being sweet in flavor, syrupy in texture, and overall delicious, but that’s not to say some honey doesn’t taste better than others. Honey's flavor highly depends on the nectar the bees consume and the region in which it is produced. 

For example, our Manuka honey is made from the nectar of the New Zealand native Manuka tea trees, and its taste and texture are much richer compared to standard clover honey. 


What Does Manuka Honey Taste Like? 

On top of being known for its potent wellness benefits, Manuka is also known for offering an indulgent experience like no other honey. With just one heaping spoonful, Manuka becomes a favorite for many because of its distinctive aroma, texture, and flavor.  


Sweet, Tasty, and Rich

Though Manuka is much richer than other types of honey, it still ultimately carries that uniquely delicate, sweet taste that is only found in honey. That said, it offers a more intense caramel and toffee flavor, with slightly bitter undertones depending on the MGO potency, finishing with light floral notes. 

If you’re trying Manuka for the first time, we recommend eating it straight from the spoon as your first experience with it so you can truly take in the sensory experience that only Manuka honey offers. 


Smooth and Buttery 

While Manuka's unique taste is what makes it stand out, that’s not to say its texture isn’t just as special. Manuka honey is also known for its smooth, creamy, velvet-like texture, with a consistency that resembles a thick, rich caramel. It’s not syrupy like other types of honey can be, but it’s still versatile in terms of being added to your favorite morning beverage or drizzling over your favorite dessert.


Does All Manuka Honey Taste the Same?

Before purchasing a jar of Manuka honey, know that not all Manuka honey tastes exactly the same — Manuka honey’s aroma, color, texture, and flavor vary from batch to batch due to varying potencies of its different compounds, especially Methylglyoxal (MGO). 

No matter the MGO levels of your Manuka honey, it will surely be delicious, but if you’re open to trying more robust, rich, creamy honey, consider higher MGO-rated honey (which also contains higher levels of key bioactive compounds, too). 

MGO is a compound found in Manuka nectar, and its antibacterial properties are responsible for many of Manuka's most sought-after benefits.

Along with MGO, genuine Manuka honey will contain DHA, Leptosperin, and other compounds that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) uses to determine authenticity. We test every batch for these key compounds and provide the results through our QR trace system on every jar!


What Makes Manukora’s Manuka Taste So Good? 

Manuka honey's unique and delicious flavor is mostly attributed to a beautifully combined set of natural factors that work in harmony, like the honeybee harvesting only from the Manuka flower, but there are a few other factors that set Manukora above the rest. 


Ethical Beekeeping

Our beekeepers work diligently to ensure the bees are considered, respected, and always get the care they deserve — happy bees make the sweetest honey. 

Our beekeepers follow a more traditional, ethical style of beekeeping that includes:

  • Taking extra time to ensure the bees finish their capping process so we can pack the honey raw.
  • A maximum of one beehive per hectare of Manuka bush.
  • Not shifting our beehives like industrial beekeepers. If they do move, it will never be more than 50 miles per year.
  • Always glyphosate, GMO, and antibiotic free.
  • Leaving enough honey on the frames from the harvest to get the bees through winter!


It’s Raw 

Regardless of the brand or region, all raw honey will have a more distinguished taste than pasteurized honey. At Manukora, we keep our honey in its most raw form, protecting the integrity and taste of this precious nectar.

We believe in letting the bees do their thing, which means we don’t prematurely remove honey from the hives; we let the bees dehydrate their honey themselves. 

Processed honey is generally dehydrated with intense heating methods and heavy machinery. While these methods may get the honey on the shelf quicker, they can also compromise its original taste and the integrity of its natural compounds. 


It’s a Monofloral Honey 

Unlike most honey, Manukora Manuka honey is monofloral, meaning our bees only consume the nectar of the Manuka bush. Monofloral honey is unique in taste because it’s made predominantly with one type of nectar — other flavors do not dilute it. 

When consuming your average storebought honey, you can generally expect it all to taste quite similar regardless of brand. Your average honey is often highly processed polyfloral honey, meaning the nectar comes from all types of flowers.

Polyfloral honey isn’t bad, but it’s different from the tasting notes you’ll get with any monofloral honey. Not to mention, some commercial honey bees end up consuming large quantities of sugar that’s used to supplement their diet when too much of their honey gets harvested and there’s not enough left over to feed them.

While there is a chance our bees will venture off to sip on other nectars, we think they prefer Manuka nectar over all others. But, if (by chance) they decide to switch it up, you don’t have to worry about your Manuka honey’s potency; we test each batch independently to ensure all of the promised naturally occurring compounds are inside. 


Our Bees Only Eat Nature's Nectar

Unless you have a honey hive in your own yard and you have control of the surrounding greenery, you never know what your bees are feasting on. 

We leave enough honey on the frames to get our bees through the winter and work tirelessly to ensure the bees are in the most untouched habitats. This means our Manuka gets its deliciousness from Mother Nature’s nectar and is of the highest purity. 

Tip: There is a unique QR code on every Manukora honey product. Scan this code to learn what hive your honey came from, the beekeeper who harvested it, and its potency and MGO rating. A unique code allows us to share everything that makes our honey special and high-quality with our customers. 


The Bottom Line 

Manuka honey has deservedly gained more attention over the past few years, thanks to a combination of its naturally occurring beneficial compounds paired with the indulgent sensory experience that comes with every spoonful. 

Manuka honey tastes like no other type of honey; words don’t do it justice, but the good news is you can experience it for yourself. Now that you know what to look for, making your first purchase of Manuka honey can be quick, easy, and end with a heaping teaspoon of one of New Zealand’s most treasured culinary indulgences. 

Ready to try some for yourself? Explore Manukora’s Manuka honey here

Looking to learn even more about this unique honey? Explore the Manukora blog here for more informational articles. 



Antibacterial activity of Manuka honey and its components: An overview | PMC

Objective Definition of Monofloral and Polyfloral Honeys Based on NMR Metabolomic Profiling | Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Removing honey from the hive | dpi.nsw.gov

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