All about Manuka Honey

What is Manuka Honey?

Manuka Honey stands for Purity & Quality. It comes from the nectar of the flower of the Manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium) which is indigenous to New Zealand. It is the nectar and the bee that give this honey its unique and complex properties.
The Manuka flower produces nectar with characteristic and unique signature compounds.

1. It is a unique honey.

2. It is widely recognized and highly sought after by consumers and has a substantial body of research behind it.

3. Mānuka honey is acknowledged as being the ‘standard’ against which other honeys are compared.

Manuka Honey is the first honey to be researched extensively and recognized all over the world for its unique nature qualities.

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What’s the history of Manuka Tree ?

New Zealand’s unique geographically climate is home to some very unusual plants. One of the oldest species of these plants is called Tea Tree (Leptospermum scoparium) and has grown here for millions of years. It survives best in low, marshy ground but is so hardy that it can be found on high in mountain slopes; even snow-covered and wind driven and often by the coast.
the name Tea Tree was given by the explorer James Cook when he visited New Zealand in 1769. We don’t know from when people start to call it Manuka tree. Hardy and resilient, Manuka acts as a natural protector and regenerator of the land.

  1. The most common product cultivated in New Zealand is mānuka honey, produced when honeybees gather the nectar from its flowers. Since there are special ingredients which are proved to be very healthy to human body in the Manuka Honey, Manuka Honey is very popular all over the world. Please refer the benefit of Manuka honey (give a link of the benefit of Manuka Honey)
  2. The Manuka wood was often used for smoking meats and fish because Mānuka sawdust imparts a delicious flavor.
  3. Manuka essential oil, for which many medicinal claims are made, is produced by steam distillation of its leaves.
  4. Manuka was used as medicine from pre-European times until now by Maori. A decoction of the leaves was drunk for urinary complaints and as a febrifuge (an agent for reducing fever). The steam from leaves boiled in water was inhaled for head colds. A decoction was prepared from the leaves and bark and the warm liquid was rubbed on stiff muscles and aching joints. The emollient white gum, called pai Manuka, was given to nursing babies and also used to treat scalds and burns. Chewing the bark is said to have a relaxing effect and it enhances sleep.

Māori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand and have a cultural connection to its taonga (treasure) mānuka. Maori are tangata whenua (people of the land) who are responsible for protecting our taonga for current and future generations.

The story of Mānuka

“Ranginui (sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother) were locked in an eternal embrace. Their children became frustrated with the cramped conditions and decided to separate their parents – Tane Mahuta (god of the forests) lay on his back and forced his parents apart. He adorned Ranginui with the sun, moon and the stars. He also cloaked his mother with trees. Tane Mahuta had a union with Tawake-toro which gave rise to Mānuka. Tane Mahuta also introduced all our native tree species, our native birds and insects. Tane Mahuta also breathed live into the first female giving rise to humankind.”

– Victor Goldsmith

When the bee collects Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is rare – it is only made in New Zealand, and can only be made for a few weeks a year when the Manuka plant is in flower.
As spring turns to summer and the weather warms, the increasing temperatures cause the Manuka plants in the far north of New Zealand to begin producing flowers. As the warm weather spreads down the country, so the Manuka blooms follow. There are around 25 days from the first sign of a flower bud to a stage 5 flower which no longer produces nectar. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for our beekeepers to move and place their beehives, and for the bees to gather the nectar! During the season our beekeepers often work tirelessly around the clock, even using helicopters to move beehives to challenging, remote locations.

Weather conditions have to be just right for the bees to make Manuka honey – strong winds will blow the Manuka flowers from the plants, while rain keeps the bees from venturing outside of their hives. The amount of honey produced by a beehive, and the overall honey production each season, can vary greatly depending on weather conditions and how much nectar is produced by the plants.

The required alignment of particular conditions in nature as well as good planning and fast action from our beekeepers are key factors in making this honey so rare and costly.

Fast Facts on Bees

  • Bee fly approximately 77,200 kms to gather the nectarneeded to produce a litre of honey.
  • Bee visits up to 50-100 flowers during any one flight from the hive
  • Bee needs to visit around 4 million flowersto make 1 kg of honey
  • A hive of bees flies around 88,500 kms to produce 1/2 kg of honey.
  • A worker bee produces a maximum of 1 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime
  • Bee’s health reflects the environment –New Zealand’s bee populations are increasing.

What should I look to when buying Manuka honey?

Manuka honey is widely available online and in some health food stores. When making your purchase, it’s important to understand exactly what you’re getting — not all Manuka honey is the same.

Honey labeled as “active Manuka honey,” which can be misleading. This term refers to the antibacterial effects produced by hydrogen peroxide. These antibacterial effects are found in all types of honey.

To guarantee the unique healing properties of Manuka honey, look for a reference to “non-peroxide antibacterial activity (NPA),” or a UMF rating. The UMF rating measures the amount of NPA present in the honey.

Also stick to brands that contain MGO, the unique antibacterial factor in Manuka honey. The more MGO, the better.

People always use the following chart which is not factually correct as it implies UMF equals MGO.

  • MGO is a content claim so comparing a singular content claim – MGO – as being equivalent to everything that the UMF grading and rating stands for is incorrect.
  • UMF is a quality trademark.

The UMF testing process tests for the presence of three signature compounds,Methylglyoxal, Leptosperin and DHA. All three signature compounds must be present in order for the Manuka Honey to be graded UMF which assures purity and quality.

UMG Grading Chart

UMG Grading Chart

So don’t only look at MGO, look at the UMF rating.

UMFHA ( The Unique Mānuka Factor Honey Association appoints independent auditors to regularly check and analyse samples from the marketplace. This helps protect consumers from counterfeit products.

Before you make purchase decision, make sure you know what you need.

There are four UMF rating in the market normally.

5 to 9: low levels are present,

10 to 15: useful levels are present

15+: superior, high-grade levels are present

The higher the UMF number, the higher the level of these compounds. To get the most benefit, use a Manuka honey with a high UMF.

Check your body condition, choose the right Manuka Honey for you.

For most people, manuka honey is safe to consume.

However, some people should consult a doctor before using it, including:

People with diabetes. All types ofhoney are high in natural sugar. Therefore, consuming manuka honey mayaffect blood sugar levels.
Those allergic to honey or bees. Those allergicto other types of honey or bees may have an allergic reaction afteringesting or applying manuka honey.
Infants. The AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics does not recommend giving honey to babiesyounger than one due to the risk of infant botulism, a type of foodborneillness.

Manuka honey is safe to consume for the majority of people over the age of one. Nevertheless, people with diabetes and those allergic to bees or other types of honey should talk to their healthcare provider before using it.

Manuka honey has been around for centuries, but it’s only in recent years that this elixir from New Zealand has become quite popular in Europe, Asia and the America.

You should know that manuka honey is much expensive than the regular honey so you’ll want to make sure you are getting the most for your money.
The best way to eat manuka honey is raw, since you’ll reap all the benefits. Never mix it with boiling liquids, as the heat will take away all of its antimicrobial properties.
Eat 10g per time, 4 times per day. The best way is taking 1/2 tablespoons Manuka Honey each time and eat straight away.

If you want to put Manuka Honey intoyour meal plan, , here are a few ways to eat manuka honey:

  • stir into your favorite tea
  • use it to naturally sweeten smoothies
  • combine with oil and vinegar for a zesty salad dressing
  • mix with warm milk before bedtime

Attention: The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend giving honey to babies younger than one due to the risk of infant botulism, a type of foodborne illness.