What to look for when buying Manuka Honey

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 2:11:49 PM Pacific/Auckland


Firstly, you want to make sure it’s from New Zealand.


Look for 100% New Zealand origin Manuka honey. Genuine Manuka honey only comes from New Zealand.

The special qualities of New Zealand Mānuka honey come from the native Mānuka flower nectar, which contributes unique natural compounds that make Mānuka honey more powerful than other honeys.

The nectar is gathered by honey bees from the delicate white and pink flowers of the New Zealand native Mānuka tree. These flowers carry the essence of the hardy and resilient Manuka tree, uniquely adapted to thrive in New Zealand’s challenging natural environment where it acts as a natural protector and regenerator of the forest.

The Manuka tree has a long history as a respected medicinal plant, traditionally used by the New Zealand Maori people as an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and healing remedy especially for digestive, oral, and skin ailments.

New Zealand Mānuka honey is renowned throughout the world as one of nature's most prized foods, and is the first honey to be so extensively researched and recognised by scientists and medical experts.

Secondly, you need to know how much methylglyoxal it contains.


Scientific evidence has confirmed methylglyoxal - naturally formed in the honey from a precursor found in Manuka nectar - as one of the key compounds.

Not all Manuka honey is the same. Methylglyoxal is only found in high levels in some Manuka honey. Ideally the amount of methylglyoxal is stated on the label so you know you’re getting the real deal, and can select the right grade for your needs.

Each Manuka Health MGO™ Manuka Honey product is tested and certified to contain a minimum level of methylglyoxal.
The chart below indicates each grade according to methylglyoxal content:


Thirdly, make sure the honey comes from a trusted source.


Choose a trusted brand that has full visibility and control of its supply chain - this is critical for the safety, quality and authenticity of the honey.

To ensure a safe and high quality product, manufacturers should be able to trace and guarantee their honey supply from beekeeper to jar and have supporting quality assurance programmes.

Manuka Health’s Manuka Honey comes from beehives in remote and pristine areas of New Zealand, and each pot is fully traceable right back to the beekeeper it came from.

Comprehensive authenticity and quality testing of the honey, at both raw material and finished product stages, guarantees quality, purity and food safety.

Manuka Health’s specialised team of honey experts is dedicated to the careful processing and storage of the honey – harnessing and protecting its unique properties with the least possible interference to ensure it retains its natural goodness and has a beautiful smooth velvety texture for the ultimate Manuka experience.

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The Manuka Shop