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 Methylglyoxal (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.

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Benefits of Mānuka honey

Mānuka honey is widely known to have unique benefits and properties. Compared to other types of honey, it is dark in colour, has a unique taste and texture and, more importantly, contains the highest amount of flavonoid compounds.

Flavonoids are one category of Polyphenols, beneficial plant compounds found in fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, tea, red wine and even dark chocolate. They are packed with antioxidants and are responsible for some amazing health properties such as immune support, healthy aging, and promoting energy production.

Mānuka honey contains five major flavonoids including luteolin, quercetin, galangin, pinocembrin, and chrysin just like anthocyanins that are found in blueberries and curcumin found in turmeric. There is still lots more research to do on these but it is super exciting that this liquid gold contains beneficial plant compounds.

Many of you, our customers, have shared the different ways you use it and the benefits you see from its use, so we recommend giving it a try and see what this Mānuka honey can do for you.

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MGO = Methylglyoxal. This is the main antibacterial compound in Mānuka honey. Naturally occurring, it's a key property 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 its potency.

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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.

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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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Which Manukora Mānuka 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.

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