Manuka Honey, the rare honey from down under

Manuka honey is made from native manuka bushes which are found in New Zealand. It has been used as a remedy for centuries and yet many people still haven't heard of it. 

Manuka tree is native in New Zealand. Manuka Honey is made by bees that pollinate the Manuka flower, which blooms just 2-6 weeks per year. Manuka Honey can only be produced in areas abundant with native Manuka blossoms, therefore beehives have to locate in some of the most remote, untouched places of New Zealand. 

Photo by John Tann

What makes manuka honey so special? 

Manuka honey is known for its extraordinary anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It also helps heal wounds caused by boil, burn and cut. Some even add manuka honey to brewed lemon or ginger tea to cure sore throats. 

 Not any honey that came from manuka trees can be called as manuka honey. Honey producers have developed a scale called UMF (unique Manuka factor) for rating its potency. Besides the UMF rating, some jars show the amount of MGO (methylglyoxal) in the honey – the key antibacterial content. To be considered potent enough to be therapeutic, manuka honey needs a minimum rating of 10 UMF. 

Manuka honey has its own special taste and the color will grow darker over time.   Run out of honey choices to make the delicious mead? Manuka mead may be your good choice! 


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