What is Mānuka Honey?

Mānuka honey is renowned for its health benefits around the world. But what makes this honey so special?

Authentic New Zealand Mānuka Honey is made by bees that collect nectar from the Mānuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium), a tree endemic to New Zealand. Unlike other honeys, New Zealand Mānuka Honey has high levels of Methyglyoxal (MGO) which gives it the unique properties that make it so special.
Harvested during a very short period of 2-6 weeks from Mānuka trees located in some of the most remote regions of New Zealand, authentic New Zealand Mānuka Honey is some of the rarest in the world. It also has a unique colour and flavour, unlike any other honey in the world. Go on, try it for yourself.

Mānuka Honey and juice

Benefits of Mānuka honey

Mānuka Honey is a special Honey from New Zealand and it is widely known to have unique benefits and properties, some of which have been scientifically tested and published. Unfortunately, as we adhere to the requirements of the New Zealand Food regulations, MPI and the UMF association, we're unable to make any claims on the health or medicinal benefits of Mānuka Honey. Many of you, our customers, have shared the different ways you use it and the benefits you see from it's use, so we recommend giving it a try and see what this special Honey can do for you.


MGO = Methylglyoxal. This is the main antibacterial compound in Mānuka Honey. Naturally occurring, it’s the bee's knees when it comes to health benefits of the Honey. The higher the MGO, the higher the potency of the Honey.

UMF = Unique Mānuka Factor. This is a rigorous test developed by the UMF Honey Association that further certifies the authenticity of Mānuka Honey. It takes into account not only MGO but also two other compounds unique to Mānuka Honey. These are Leptosperin and DHA (or dihydroxyacetone). The UMF number is based on the amount of MGO. Mānuka Honey does not need to be UMF certified to be authentic, simply check the MGO number on your Honey to see it's potency.

More on UMF & MGO
Mānuka Honey UMF and MGO


Our raw Mānuka Honey is delivered to you just as nature intended - raw, potent, pure and authentic. That's why we independently test each batch of Mānuka Honey we produce across 15 different tests to ensure just that. You can be sure your jar of Manukora Mānuka Honey is true liquid gold.


Authentic Mānuka honey comes from Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Genuine Mānuka honey is produced in Aotearoa, the Māori name for New Zealand. It’s similar to how sparkling wine can only be called ‘champagne’ if it comes from the Champagne region in France (a region well-known for producing the best sparkling wine). So you could say, New Zealand Mānuka is the Champagne of honey.

It is well known some of the highest quality Mānuka honey comes from what Beekeepers call ‘The Golden Triangle’ of New Zealand. The triangle spans from Taranaki on the West Coast, across to the wild East Cape and to the top of the North Island in Northland. To identify New Zealand Mānuka Honey, there is a special combination of naturally occurring compounds and a unique DNA marker which only shows if it’s from New Zealand Mānuka tree nectar.

New Zealand has strict guidelines in place to authenticate Mānuka honey which are set by the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI). Only MPI approved laboratories can test and confirm the honey’s authenticity, so if your Mānuka Honey is ‘MPI Certified’, you know it’s genuine.

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New Zealand Golden Triangle

Which Manukora honey is right for me?

We know, all the different numbers and ratings found on Mānuka Honey can be confusing. That's why we created this great MGO chart so you can see what the different numbers on our jars mean and how this affects their rarity and potency. The simplest way to remember how MGO works is 'the higher the MGO, the higher the potency, and the higher the natural benefits'.

We're on a mission to create a healthier world through innovative health products using the power of Mānuka. From nature, and for nature.