Delicious, thick, and with a characteristic dark cream to dark brown colour, Mānuka honey has long been admired as an exceptional honey with a distinct, complex flavour and rich aroma unlike any other honey in the world.
Mānuka honey is produced from the characteristic nectar from the sweet-smelling flower of the Mānuka tree. Rich in amino acids, Vitamins B & C, antioxidants, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and bioactive compounds, Mānuka honey is a superfood and at the forefront of natural health sciences. No other honey has the volume or complexity of natural components at work like New Zealand Mānuka honey.
It starts with the special Mānuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium) and its remarkable flowers. Research from the University of Waikato published in New Phytologist has revealed that the nectar-producing parts (or ‘nectaries’) of the Mānuka flower produce an unusual nectar that bees transform into Mānuka honey.
Mānuka trees are capable of photosynthesis not just in their leaves as other plants do, but their nectaries too – producing the nectar sugars and other valuable ingredients that give Mānuka honey its unique potent properties called the ‘Unique Mānuka Factor™️’ or UMF™️.
Through the Mānuka ID project the UMFHA led research that identified more than 2000 natural components in manuka honey indicating it is significantly more complex than 11 other well known kinds of honey.
Among those components identification and understanding of the potential methylgloxal and leptosperin are progressing rapidly and The remarkable properties of the Mānuka tree and its nectar have been understood by New Zealand’s indigenous Māori population for almost a millennia. The importance of Mānuka features in the role it has had for centuries a traditional remedy and its importance is even recognised in Māori creation stories.
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