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It begins with a flower.


Far away in the remote land of New Zealand,
grows a rare plant known as Leptospermum scoparium.

Known to the maori as Manuka, or the New Zealand Tea Tree, the shrub has had a significant place in the natural pharmacopoeia for hundreds of years.

The leaves contain a highly effective antibacterial oil, the bark contains antiageing catechols and the nectar contains both DHA and MGO.

What makes Manuka honey special?

What makes Manuka honey special?


Natural honey should have a small amount of the natural enzyme Hydrogen peroxidase. It helps to preserve the honey and is introduced during evaporation by the bees. Manuka honey contains this enzyme, as well as defensin, essential oils and uniquely, methylglyoxal (MGO) and dihydroxyacetone (DHA).

It is the presence of MGO that makes manuka honey special. MGO resists degradation by the enzymes bacteria produce and is directly correlated with the strength of the honey.

Research has shown that manuka honey stimulates immune responses. Medical grade Manuka honey is shown effective against of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.

 

How to buy authentic NZ manuka honey

- It should be produced AND packaged in New Zealand.
- The amount of MGO should be clearly stated on the label in mg per kg.
- It should not use banned terms such as bioactive, or vague 5+ ratings.

Manuka honey contains unique natural compounds,
that are not found in any other honey.

What makes Manuka honey special?

What makes Manuka honey special?


Natural honey should have a small amount of the natural enzyme Hydrogen peroxidase. It helps to preserve the honey and is introduced during evaporation by the bees. Manuka honey contains this enzyme, as well as defensin, essential oils and uniquely, methylglyoxal (MGO) and dihydroxyacetone (DHA).

It is the presence of MGO that makes manuka honey special. MGO resists degradation by the enzymes bacteria produce and is directly correlated with the strength of the honey.

Research has shown that manuka honey stimulates immune responses. Medical grade Manuka honey is shown effective against of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.

 

How to buy authentic NZ manuka honey?

- It should be produced AND packaged in New Zealand.
- The amount of MGO should be clearly stated on the label in mg per kg.
- It should not use banned terms such as bioactive, or vague 5+ ratings.

Manuka honey contains unique natural compounds,
that are not found in any other honey.

Each jar of Manuka has an MGO rating.


In 2014, the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries published its Manuka Honey Labelling guidelines. These guidelines revolutionised the industry.

The old 5+ type activity standards were phased out by the Ministry of Primary Industries as these were therapeutic claims. MGO was highlighted as an acceptable standard that can be used to indicate the strength of the honey.

Buying manuka honey that is made in New Zealand and that clearly states the amount of MGO on the label is the easiest way to know you are buying authentic New Zealand Manuka honey.

Manuka Honey is special to New Zealand

In New Zealand, the air, the water and the land are all absolutely stunning.
It is this pristine, unspoiled landscape that makes our honey so deliciously pure.

New Zealand has restrictions on the import of foreign honey, so when you buy honey that is produced and packaged in New Zealand, you can be confident that it was not blended with honey from other countries.

Make sure it's made in New Zealand, so you know you have purchased the best honey in the world.