Mānuka is a Māori word and our ancestors knew all about special powers of the Mānuka tree. We only have to break down the word Mānuka itself to find that our ancestors understood it was a ‘device’ (nuka) for making something clean (mā). Thus, different parts of the Mānuka tree were used traditionally for antiseptic purposes.
Mānuka Honey can only be described now as a phenomenon. It has been shown through scientific studies across the world to have many beneficial properties, that make it so highly valued and sought after. To sample some of this evidence we simply refer you here to the studies of Dr Peter Molan who was famed as the discoverer of the special properties of Mānuka Honey. Beyond this you can just google yourself and find many more!
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The properties of Mānuka Honey can vary depending on what it contains. The naturally-occurring compound in Mānuka Honey that makes it so special is methylglyoxal (we use MG or MGO for short).
All honey producers in New Zealand measure the level of methylglyoxal in their Mānuka Honey to see how good it is. This is why we have simply adopted the methylglyoxal content itself as the rating system for our honey – it’s simple, direct and honest – what you see is exactly what you are getting.
If you are used to other ways of rating Mānuka Honey then you may find it useful to refer to the table to the left. Note that the MGO rating is the actual methyglyoxal measured in the honey, and the NPA or UMF scales are a conversion from the MGO rating – not an actual measure of content in the honey.
All our Mānuka Honey is tested by an independent internationally-accredited laboratory (such as Analytica or Hills) for MGO content that sets the rating that we apply for the honey. This certification behind every jar of our Mānuka Honey gives you confidence in the quality of our product.
Mānuka (Leptospermum scoparium) grows as a shrub or small tree up to 6 m tall, in forest edges or areas of reverting pasture. The flowers are small and designed to be pollinated by native bees and flies, but the honey bee also works this flower to produce this remarkable honey.
Our ancestors used Mānuka for a range of medicinal purposes – the bark was boiled and the infusion drunk or applied externally to relieve pain. Infusions of the bark, capsules and seed were also applied to burns and wounds, or for treating mouth, throat and eye affliction, and to reduce fever. Mānuka was also used to treat wounds on horses and other domestic animals.
Mānuka Honey is now world-famed for its unique properties. New Zealand’s food regulations do not allow us to promote the benefits of Mānuka Honey for human health, but Mānuka Honey has been the focus of extensive scientific research that tells a compelling story of well-being and healing! Just google to find this out for yourself.
Science has shown that methyglyoxal (MG or MGO) is the compound occurring naturally in Mānuka Honey that makes it so special. That’s why we measure the MG in our Mānuka Honey and use this as our rating system. It’s clear, honest and directly based on what Mānuka Honey actually contains, unlike other rating systems or trademarks that do not refer directly to MG or MGO.
Our Mānuka Honey is an amber honey, with that distinctive medicinal and earthy taste, but it is lighter on the palate than some other Mānuka Honeys. Use Mānuka Honey daily as an elixir or tonic, for drinks and in your cooking for that special dish.
I received a present : a small jar of honey Manuka + 5 which I found excellent. I shall wish to buy on your site your excellent Manuka +5 honey in 8 jars of 500 grams or all in all 4 kg…
Dear Sir/Madam, I have read with interest your articles about Manawa honey, your history, values and vision and I have tried the Manuka honey, Tawari honey and Rewarewa honey. I have found your honeys to be superior in aroma, taste and grade and I would like to be able to market Manawa honey to my…
I have a spoonful of your honey every morning to start my day. The studies of the benefits of Manuka Honey are pretty impressive, so I’m giving it to my whole family as well. It just makes sense. So I’ll be ordering from you regularly!
Kia ora Brenda- thanks for your quick reply…We look forward to getting it, we just love your honey and we put it in all our baking and drinks and our morning porridge…I have also let my friends know all about it. You have great service and it’s good to have that these days. I have…
We stayed at your lovely country Te Urewera, near Lake Waikaremoana, in the spring of 2018 and brought home some of your lovely manuka honey. Since the corona crisis hit us, we are taking daily small amounts to boost our immune system…
I was one of the old fellas you met from Wairoa I brought some of your Manuka honey from the cafe got home decided to try some, well what a surprise it was absolutely beautiful so creamy loved it….I don’t know who the young lady was that I was talking to at the cafe but…
I got to try Manawa’s manuka honey in Canada thanks to my kiwi husband. It is the most delicious honey I have ever tasted! It has such a delicate and floral taste. The creamy texture is very enjoyable. We sent some to my family and they absolutely loved it too. I contacted the company through the…
Greetings Brenda, I thoroughly enjoy your special Manuka Honey and my auto-immune gut etc., has benefited greatly from my daily rounded teaspoon of Manawa Manuka Honey. I use it as topping on my yogurt and cereals. Keep safe, and thank you so much again for your special honey. Your history and business model is an…
Hi Brenda! After a long wait of 3 weeks, we finally received the parcel! All 3 varieties of honey taste superb. They are so distinct from each other. I was especially waiting for the Manuka honey, as its medicinal properties work like a charm on minor throat sore problems for my entire family! Even the…
Manawa Manuka Honey is a very important part of my daily wellbeing. I always look forward to a rounded teaspoon of your smooth and delicious Manuka Honey as a topping on my yogurt, cereals and fruit each morning. I have an auto-immune gut and thus I can experience irritable bowel syndrome. For me I have…
Best Manuka honey I have tasted….. ever…and I have been eating Manuka honey since childhood in the 1950’s! The texture is lovely and smooth; and the 100+ active manuka factor is a bonus. Excellent for both taste buds and health.
Beautiful honey that my whole family loves.