Which is the best Manuka honey for me, Manuka Honey UMF20+, UMF 15+ or UMF 10+?

Roll of WildCape Manuka Honey Labels: UMF 10+ and UMF 15+

by Andre Botha

Manuka honey is a unique and highly valued honey sourced from the nectar of the Manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium), native to New Zealand and Australia. It has gained worldwide attention for its remarkable antibacterial properties. With various UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) and MGO (Methylglyoxal) ratings available in the market, choosing the right Manuka honey can be challenging. In this article, we will explore the different Manuka honey grades – UMF 20+, UMF 10+, and UMF 15+ – and help you make an informed decision based on your needs.

The UMF™ grading system is the golden standard for New Zealand Manuka honey. It’s the most reliable rating system used to distinguish authentic Manuka honey from bogus products flooding supermarket shelves.

Understanding the UMF and MGO Rating Systems:

The Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) grading system and MGO rating measure the levels of three signature compounds found in Manuka honey: Leptosperin, DHA (dihydroxyacetone), and Methylglyoxal (MGO). These compounds are responsible for the honey’s antibacterial activity, potency, and quality. The higher the UMF and MGO ratings, the stronger the health benefits of Manuka honey.

An MGO rating alone isn’t enough. The UMF grading system (as set out by the UMHFA) considers 4 different factors in determining Manuka honey’s UMF rating. You can find out more about the UMF grading system here.

How to Choose the Right Manuka Honey

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You can use the guidelines below to help you make an informed decision. Once you’re ready to experience nature’s miracle, check out our store and select your potency. We’ll deliver within 2-7 working days, depending on which option you choose. A tracking link will be provided. You can read more about our shipping and delivery options here.

UMF 10+ Manuka Honey:​

A UMF rating of 10+ indicates that the raw Manuka honey has a good level of antibacterial activity. This grade of Manuka honey is suitable for everyday use and general health maintenance. Some of the potential health benefits of UMF 10+ Manuka honey include:

  • Boosting the immune system.
  • Aiding digestion and gut health.
  • Providing natural energy and antioxidants.
  • Enhancing skin health.

UMF 15+ Manuka Honey:

UMF 15+ Manuka honey is considered to have a high level of antibacterial activity, making it more potent than UMF 10+ honey. This grade is ideal for those who seek additional health benefits or have specific health concerns. Some potential benefits of UMF 15+ Manuka honey include:

  • Supporting wound healing and tissue repair.
  • Helping to alleviate symptoms of cold and flu.
  • Providing relief from acid reflux and gastritis.
  • Assisting in the treatment of acne and other skin conditions.

UMF 20+ Manuka Honey:

UMF 20+ Manuka honey has the highest antibacterial potency (within the WildCape range) and is considered a premium grade. This honey is best suited for individuals with severe health issues or those looking for maximum therapeutic benefits. Some potential uses and benefits of UMF 20+ Manuka honey include:

  • Accelerating the healing process of burns, ulcers, and severe wounds.
  • Combatting antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA.
  • Reducing inflammation and pain associated with chronic conditions.
  • Providing potent immune support for people with compromised immunity.

Which Manuka Honey Is Best for Me?

Choosing the best Manuka honey for you depends on your individual needs and health goals. UMF 10+ is suitable for everyday use and general well-being, while UMF 15+ and UMF 20+ provide more potent health benefits for specific concerns or severe conditions. When buying Manuka honey, look for a UMF and MGO rating, which indicates the quality and potency of the honey. It’s always a good idea to ensure that the Manuka honey is genuine, made in New Zealand or Australia, and independently tested for quality assurance. Before incorporating Manuka honey into your daily routine or using it for medicinal purposes, consult with a healthcare professional to determine the appropriate UMF rating for your needs.

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Manuka Honey for Dogs: Benefits and Uses

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by Andre Botha

Manuka honey, produced by bees that pollinate Manuka flowers in New Zealand and Australia, is known for its health benefits due to its potent antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. The benefits of Manuka honey have been widely studied in human consumption, but there is growing interest in its potential benefits for pets, including dogs.

Manuka honey can help dogs in several ways, although the evidence is mostly anecdotal. Some possible benefits of Manuka honey for dogs include:

  1. Healing wounds: Manuka honey’s antibacterial properties and moist wound environment can help prevent bacterial infections and promote the healing process in minor wounds or skin abrasions when applied directly.

  2. Gut health: Honey provides potential benefits to digestive health in dogs, making Manuka honey an ideal option for your pup’s gut health.

  3. Kennel cough: Manuka honey provides soothing relief for dogs with kennel cough. Its antibacterial properties could potentially help combat the infection, making it a natural solution for this common condition in dogs.

It’s crucial to consult with your veterinarian before introducing Manuka honey to your dog’s diet or treatment plan. Manuka honey is safe for most dogs, but diabetic dogs, obese dogs, and those with other health conditions may need to avoid it. Additionally, puppies and dogs with compromised immune systems should not consume honey.

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Can I Use Manuka Honey for Kennel Cough?

As mentioned, Manuka honey can be beneficial for dogs suffering from kennel cough. This natural healing agent is known for its potent health benefits, including its soothing properties for a dog’s throat, aiding in the recovery process.

Manuka honey is a natural, high-grade honey that is safe for dogs and contains unique properties, making it a great supplement for kennel cough treatment. When using Manuka honey, remember to apply it directly and in moderation, as it is high in sugar and could cause digestive upset or contribute to weight gain if overused. 

What About Manuka Honey for Dogs' Wounds?

Manuka honey provides a moist wound environment, which is considered beneficial for healing wounds in dogs. Manuka honey is made from the nectar of manuka flowers and has been proven to help heal wounds and promote healthy skin cells. Check out some of the research here. Honey production from the manuka tree results in a jar of Manuka honey with natural healing properties that are good for dogs.

It is essential to consult your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan before applying Manuka honey to a dog’s wound. Manuka honey is safe for dogs and can also help with various issues common in dogs. However, dogs under a year old and those with specific health conditions should not be given Manuka honey without veterinary guidance. Furthermore, it is essential to have deep wounds or those with delayed healing assessed and treated by a veterinarian.

Do Vets Use Manuka Honey?

Some veterinarians do use Manuka honey for dogs in specific situations, mainly for its potential antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing properties. However, the use of Manuka honey in veterinary medicine is not standardized, and practices may vary among vets.

Here are a few instances where some veterinarians might use Manuka honey for dogs:

Wound management: Manuka honey can be applied topically to help with the healing of wounds, burns, or skin infections due to its antimicrobial properties. It may also help reduce inflammation and promote tissue regeneration.

Skin conditions: Manuka honey has been used in some cases to help manage certain skin conditions, such as hot spots or dermatitis, by reducing inflammation and itching.

Adjunct therapy: In some cases, Manuka honey might be used as an adjunct to conventional treatments for certain infections or conditions, under the guidance of a veterinarian.

Where to Buy Manuka Honey for Dogs.

There is no specific Manuka honey for dogs – so you can purchase the exact same Manuka honey as you would use directly from our store. The same honey that is used for human application can be used for dogs. If you’re unsure about which strength Manuka honey to give your dog, follow the guidelines below. Remember that Manuka honey, like any honey, is high in sugar. And even though the sugar found in Manuka honey is much healthier than that found in refined sugar, one needs to take care not to let your pup over-indulge. We cover the amount needed for your pup in more detail below.

What Strength Manuka Honey Should Be Used for Dogs?

There is no standardized recommendation for the strength of Manuka honey to be used for dogs, as its use in veterinary medicine is not as well-researched or established as it is for humans. Manuka honey’s strength is often measured by its Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) or its Methylglyoxal (MGO) content. Higher ratings indicate stronger antimicrobial properties.

Manuka honey’s UMF rating is granted by the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association of New Zealand (UMFHA).

The UMFHA’s job is to verify genuine Manuka honey and give it a UMF rating. There are various key elements that make up the UMF rating. You can read more about it here: Manuka Honey MGO vs UMF: A Breakdown of the Terminology & Why the Manuka Honey Rating System Is Critical

In the traditional use of Manuka honey, a UMF rating of 10+ or an MGO content of 250+ is generally considered a therapeutic grade. However, it is crucial to consult with your veterinarian before using Manuka honey for your dog. They can help you determine if it’s appropriate for your pet’s specific condition, recommend the appropriate strength, and advise on the proper dosage and application method.

Keep in mind that Manuka honey is high in sugar and should be used in moderation. It may not be suitable for all dogs, especially those with diabetes, obesity, or compromised immune systems. Always follow your veterinarian’s guidance when using any alternative or complementary treatments for your pet.

How Much Manuka Honey Should I Give My Dog?

There isn’t a standardized dosage of Manuka honey for dogs. The appropriate amount of Manuka honey to give your dog depends on various factors, including the dog’s size, health status, and the specific condition being treated.

It’s essential to consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog Manuka honey. They can help determine if it’s appropriate for your pet’s specific situation and advise on the proper dosage and frequency.

If your veterinarian approves the use of Manuka honey, they may recommend a starting dosage based on your dog’s weight. For example, a common guideline for oral administration is to give 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per 20 pounds of body weight, once or twice a day. However, this can vary.

When applying Manuka honey topically for wound care or skin conditions, it’s important to follow your veterinarian’s instructions for proper application and frequency.

scruffy dog with open mouth

Does Manuka Honey Help Dogs With Itching?

Manuka honey, known for its unique properties and health benefits, could potentially offer relief for dogs experiencing itching related to specific skin conditions such as allergies, hot spots, or dermatitis. Manuka honey, rich in anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, can help alleviate irritated skin, decrease inflammation, and promote healing.

Nonetheless, it’s crucial to consult with your veterinarian before using Manuka honey or other home remedies to address your dog’s itching. Your vet can help identify the underlying cause of the itching and suggest suitable treatment options. In some instances, the itching might result from factors like parasites, infections, or immune-mediated conditions, which necessitate targeted treatments.

Should your veterinarian approve the use of Manuka honey for your dog’s itching, they can guide you on the correct application method and frequency. Make sure to choose a high-grade Manuka honey that is safe for dogs to ensure the best results.


Manuka honey is known for its health benefits and can be an excellent natural choice for dogs and other pets experiencing specific ailments. Derived from New Zealand Manuka flowers, this honey contains potent properties that can provide various advantages for your pet’s well-being.

When selecting Manuka honey for your pets, it’s crucial to opt for a high-grade Manuka honey product that is safe for dogs. Manuka honey is known for its healing properties, particularly in its raw form, which can be helpful in addressing diverse skin diseases and expediting the healing process of wounds. 

In conclusion, Manuka honey offers an array of health benefits for dogs, including healing wounds, promoting gut health, and addressing kennel cough. Manuka honey has been proven to be an effective treatment when applied directly, and its properties make it a great addition to your dog’s care regimen. However, it’s essential to consult your veterinarian before using Manuka honey at home and always choose a high-quality product that meets your dog’s needs and is safe for pets. Always ensure you are giving your pets Manuka honey from a reliable source to maximize the benefits.

Multifloral Manuka Honey vs Monofloral Manuka Honey

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Multifloral Honey

Multifloral honey, also known as polyfloral or wildflower honey, is derived from the nectar of various flower species. This is in contrast to monofloral honey, which predominantly comes from a single flower species. Bees foraging on a diverse range of flowers in their environment produce multifloral honey. Both types of honey have their benefits. With multifloral honey, you get a wide array of properties carried over from different plant species’ pollen to the honey.

The flavor, aroma, and color of multifloral honey can be more complex and varied compared to monofloral honey, reflecting the diversity of nectar sources. These characteristics may vary greatly depending on the specific combination of flowers available to the bees and the season in which the honey is made. Multifloral honey is appreciated for its unique and distinct taste, which can change from one batch to another.

Like monofloral honey, multifloral honey also contains beneficial nutrients, antioxidants, and bioactive compounds. However, the specific composition may differ depending on the variety of flowers the bees have visited. The pollen content in the honey also varies, which contributes to the honey’s unique characteristics.

Multifloral honey serves as a natural sweetener and can offer various health benefits depending on the flowers the bees collect nectar from. For example, multifloral Manuka honey, which includes nectar from the manuka tree, may contain lower concentrations of MGO (methylglyoxal) compared to monofloral Manuka honey, but it still has beneficial properties.

When selecting honey, consider factors such as the difference between monofloral and multifloral varieties, the type of honey, and whether it has been produced and tested according to quality standards. Although monofloral is generally considered best when it comes to Manuka honey, the most reliable and concrete way to ensure you’re getting Manuka honey of a certain strength is to look at the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) rating. More on this below.

Monofloral Honey

Monofloral honey originates mainly from the nectar of a single flower species, while multifloral honey is produced from various flower species. Beekeepers foster the creation of monofloral honey by positioning their hives near large areas of the target flower species, ensuring that bees primarily gather nectar from that specific source.

The unique flavor, aroma, and color profiles of monofloral honey are highly valued, influenced significantly by the flower species providing the nectar. Popular monofloral honey varieties include orange blossom, lavender, acacia, manuka, and eucalyptus honey. Monofloral and multifloral honeys can have different health benefits due to varying bioactive compounds and antioxidant content, depending on the flower species.

In New Zealand, Manuka honey is well-known, with monofloral Manuka honey being particularly sought after. However, it’s important to note that when it comes to Manuka honey, whether it’s mono- or multifloral isn’t nearly as crucial as the UMF rating. While any brand can claim to have monofloral Manuka honey, only honey that has undergone independent testing can be certified as authentic by the UMFHA (Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association of New Zealand) and given a unique UMF™ grading.

Monofloral and multifloral Manuka honey products are tested and graded according to their MGO (methylglyoxal) levels, amongst other factors. The higher the MGO value, the more potent the honey’s antibacterial properties. When choosing Manuka honey, consider factors such as MGO levels, whether the honey is monofloral or multifloral, and if it has been produced and packaged in New Zealand under the supervision of the Ministry of Primary Industries.

Multifloral Manuka Honey

A European bee sits on a manuka flower, foraging it's nectar

Multifloral Manuka honey is produced when bees forage on manuka flowers along with other floral sources, resulting in a delightful, natural honey blend. WildCape offers an MGO 115+ Multifloral Manuka honey, which is the lowest spectrum Manuka honey available in the range. Unfortunately, we do not currently stock this multifloral Manuka honey in the USA due to demand.

If you are interested in a lesser potent multifloral Manuka honey, we would love to hear from you. Your feedback is valuable to us as we continually strive to provide the best Manuka honey options, including both monofloral and multifloral varieties. Manuka honey, made from the nectar of the manuka bush, offers numerous health benefits, and its quality is determined by factors such as MGO levels, pollen content, and production standards.

Please feel free to contact us and let us know if you’re looking for a specific type of Manuka honey or if you have any inquiries regarding our honey products. Our commitment is to provide genuine, high-quality Manuka honey that meets the standards set by the New Zealand government and UMFHA.

Monofloral Manuka Honey

The difference between multifloral and monofloral honey lies in the variety of flower sources from which the bees collect nectar. Monofloral Mānuka honey, for example, comes predominantly from the manuka bush, native to New Zealand. This type of honey contains higher concentrations of MGO – an antibacterial compound, which contributes to its health benefits.

Manuka honey is a unique type of honey primarily sourced from the nectar of the Manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium), native to New Zealand. Monofloral Manuka honey contains a high percentage of manuka pollen and nectar, indicating that bees have predominantly foraged on manuka flowers while producing the honey.

Manuka honey is known for its distinct flavor, rich aroma, and many uses. It has gained global recognition due to its unique antibacterial properties, largely attributed to its high MGO content. The MGO levels in Manuka honey are used to measure its potency and effectiveness.

In addition to its antibacterial properties, Manuka honey also contains antioxidants and various bioactive compounds that contribute to its potential health benefits. These benefits may include improved wound healing, soothing sore throats, and supporting digestive health. The quality and authenticity of Manuka honey is often assessed through various grading systems such as the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) and the MGO rating. The UMF system builds on the New Zealand government’s Ministry of Primary Industries tests that validate whether Manuka honey is genuine.

It’s important to choose genuine, high-quality Manuka honey with an official UMF™ rating, as its effectiveness is directly linked to the concentration of its bioactive components.

Manuka Honey for Skincare and Skin Conditions Such As Acne

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by Andre Botha

Manuka honey has gained popularity for its numerous benefits for the skin. While it is best known for its antibacterial, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties, Manuka honey can also moisturize and soothe dry skin. This makes it suitable for a variety of skin types. Some people have turned to Manuka honey for skin conditions such as acne and eczema, due to its antimicrobial properties.

While Manuka honey is not a substitute for medical treatment, incorporating it into your skincare routine may benefit your skin. You can use Manuka honey as a face mask, face wash, or natural moisturizer.

Remember not all Manuka honey is created equal. Manuka honey comes in various potency levels. Look for Manuka honey with at least a 10+ Unique Manuka Factor (UMF), to ensure you are getting the best product. If you’re considering using Manuka honey for acne, eczema, or other skin issues, it’s important to talk to a dermatologist or healthcare professional first to determine if it’s right for you.

Disclaimer: While we cannot advise on the topical use of WildCape Manuka honey, many people have reported using it as a facial mask or spot treatment for acne and other skin conditions. It’s important to note that everyone’s skin is different and it may not be suitable for all skin types. It’s important to use caution when applying any product to your skin and to perform a patch test before using it on a larger area. If you’re interested in incorporating WildCape Manuka honey into your skincare routine, it’s recommended to do further research and consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional to determine if it’s right for you.

Benefits of Manuka Honey for Acne

Acne is a common skin condition that affects many people, and finding an effective treatment can be difficult. Manuka honey is a natural remedy that has gained popularity in recent years for its special properties. Applying Manuka honey directly to the affected area may be beneficial and help relieve irritated skin. In this medically reviewed article, Healthline had the following to say about Manuka honey: “Its anti-inflammatory effect can decrease local inflammation caused by acne. As an antibacterial, Manuka honey leaves fewer bacteria to infect pores and cause acne. This honey can heal existing pimples, as well.” 

Although more research is needed to fully understand the benefits of Manuka honey for acne, many people have reported positive results after incorporating it into their skincare routine. It’s essential to note that everyone’s skin is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s also recommended to find the best Manuka honey products with a UMF rating of 10+ or above. If you’re interested in trying Manuka honey for acne or other skin conditions, it’s important to talk to a dermatologist or healthcare professional first to determine if it’s right for you.

Benefits of Manuka Honey for Skin

Manuka honey has gained popularity as a natural ingredient in skincare due to its many benefits. Its special properties, indicated in strength by the Unique Manuka Factor, may potentially help to soothe, repair and protect the skin from damage. Manuka honey is believed to reduce inflammation, redness, and irritation, making it a potentially effective remedy for sensitive skin, eczema, and psoriasis. Additionally, its natural humectant properties may help to lock in moisture and prevent dryness, making it a popular ingredient in moisturizers, masks, and other skincare products. 

While more research is needed to fully understand the benefits of Manuka honey, incorporating it into your skincare routine may be beneficial for your skin. Again, it’s important to note that everyone’s skin is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s recommended to do further research and consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional to determine if Manuka honey is suitable for your skin needs and type.

How to make your own Manuka honey face mask.

Should You Use Manuka Honey in Your Skincare Routine?

Ultimately we cannot give medical advice, and the decision whether or not to use Manuka honey in your skincare routine is entirely up to you. WildCape Manuka Honey is a popular Manuka honey for many applications, including its use as a skincare product. 

Check out what these happy WildCape customers had to say about our UMF15+ Manuka honey: 

Debi, USA says: “One of best Manuka honey brands. It helps my sinus infection. One tsp every night right before bed religiously. I finally didn’t have sinus infection in the winter. I always had sinus infection every winter. I haven’t had sinus infection for the past two winters. I also use it on my skin. It does help my red spots. It has a nice Manuka flavor.”

D. Sokol, USA, UMF15+ says: “Shortly after ordering this honey, I accidentally poured boiling water onto my wrist (top came off teapot). The pain was excruciating. My skin was looking like it would blister & had gotten very red. I remembered the honey. I covered my wrist with it and the pain was gone. I left it on for about 45 minutes. When I washed the honey off, my skin was completely normal. It was amazing!”

Whitney, USA says: “Wonderful product. I love using this on my skin for homemade facials. It’s well worth the buy because there are other brands not quite as credible. I will continue to buy from this company for the foreseeable future!”

Marsha P, USA says: “Love it, use it only medicinally. I have local honey here to use in my tea and on other things, but the Manuka is something I use if I’m sick or need it topically.”

What Is the Best Manuka Honey for Skincare?

Firstly you need to ensure that the Manuka honey you are using as part of your skincare routine is UMF™ certified real Manuka honey from New Zealand. This is indicated by the official UMF™ logo on the lable. Here is an example:

WildCape UMF 15 + Manuka Honey 250g

Once you have established that the honey is UMF certified, you need to look at the UMF rating that it was given by the UMFHA (Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association of New Zealand). Generally the higher the rating, the more potent the honey is. There are a number of other factors that are important in authentic Manuka honey. If you are unsure, you can read more about it in this blog post: Manuka Honey MGO vs UMF: A Breakdown of the Terminology & Why the Manuka Honey Rating System Is Critical

In the USA, WildCape Manuka Honey comes in three UMF options. We recommend UMF 20+ or 15+ for topical use. This Manuka honey contains the highest levels of methylglyoxal (MGO) available within the WildCape range and offers the highest benefits for skin application. Find out more about MGO here.

Manuka Honey on Wounds

Manuka honey has been used for centuries to treat wounds due to its antimicrobial properties. When applied to a wound, Manuka honey makes it difficult for bacteria to survive. The unique properties of Manuka honey are due to its high concentration of the antibacterial compound, MGO. This compound is found in high levels in Manuka honey and has been shown to be effective in fighting various bacteria. Because Manuka honey is a natural humectant, it can help to draw moisture to the skin and keep the affected area hydrated.

While more research is needed to fully understand the benefits of Manuka honey on wounds, it has shown promise as a potential treatment option for a variety of skin problems. However, it’s important to note that honey should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment and to always consult with a healthcare professional before using it on a wound.

Q&A: Health Benefits of Manuka Honey 

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by Andre Botha

 Manuka honey is well known for its health benefits, but where do they stem from? This blog post will aim to answer some of the questions you may have about the benefits and uses of Manuka honey. We cover a number of frequently asked questions about Manuka honey and its many applications. This article will give you a comprehensive understanding of the benefits of this special honey.

What Are the Benefits of Manuka Honey According to Researchers?

Research into the potential applications for Manuka honey is ongoing with hundreds of published scientific papers on record. In particular, the compounds methylglyoxal (MGO) and leptospermum have attracted significant attention in laboratory research.

Reasearch shows that when consumed, leptospermum crosses the gut into the bloodstream, confirming the potential for it to be a natural support for health and wellness.

Three areas of particular interest with researchers are:

  1. The antibacterial potential of MGO and the non-peroxide action of New Zealand Mānuka Honey
  2. The initial identification of anti-inflammatory potential in laboratory research
  3. The antioxidant action identified during in-vitro trials and in large scale reviews of mānuka honey research. 

What Is MGO?

Manuka honey’s unique benefits stem predominantly from its high concentration of methylglyoxal (MGO), a naturally occurring compound found in the nectar of Manuka flowers (Leptospermum scoparium). The Manuka bush is native to New Zealand & Australia.

Although there are many other important factors to consider, MGO content plays a key role. The potential healing strength of Manuka honey is in direct correlation with the amount of MGO present. According to WebMD “the higher the concentration of MGO, the stronger the antibacterial effect.” You can read more about the medical properties of Manuka honey in this WebMD article: Manuka Honey

What Is Manuka Honey Good For?

Manuka honey is considered a miracle from nature and is good for you and your well-being, on many levels. There are various applications where Manuka honey may be beneficial to your health. Read on to learn how others have applied Manuka honey to their routine to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Is Manuka Honey Anti-inflammatory?

Some research suggests that Manuka honey has anti-inflammatory effects. The anti-inflammatory properties of Manuka honey are believed to be due to its high concentration of MGO. However, further research is needed to fully understand the extent of Manuka honey’s anti-inflammatory effects and its potential as a treatment for inflammatory conditions, since there are a variety of compounds at work in living Manuka honey.

Is Manuka Honey Better Than Regular honey?

Honey is known for its potential healing properties. Ancient tribes found that honey helped their wounds heal and that it was effective in fighting off potential infection. All honey contains hydrogen peroxide, which is a natural antiseptic. And it’s what gives most honey its bacteria-fighting properties. Consuming honey can be generally beneficial and it’s certainly better than using processed sugars.

However, regular honey does not contain MGO. This is the one big difference between regular honey and Manuka honey.

Is Manuka the Best Honey?

Sure, Manuka honey is better than regular honey, but is this unique honey the best type of honey in the world? We believe so. Manuka honey contains special compounds that are not present in any other honey or honey products.

Manuka honey has a unique taste. Some have described it as having a slightly medicinal taste. If great-tasting honey is what you’re after, but you still want the added health advantages of Manuka honey, WildCape is your answer. Our Manuka honey is particularly ‘mild’ tasting compared to some other brands that might have an overpowering ‘medicinal’ taste. Despite its naturally high concentration of MGO, WildCape’s East cape Manuka honey has a creamy and delicious taste. 

Why Is Manuka Honey More Expensive Than Other Honey?

Manuka honey comes at a premium. The precious honey is made by bees that collect pollen from flowering Manuka bushes. This shrub only flowers for a few weeks every year. And it’s within this small window that Manuka honey is produced.

The bees collect and store the highly sought-after nectar from the Manuka bush. The nectar’s special properties are then captured and concentrated inside the honey. The concentration of this nectar is what makes Manuka honey so valuable. Some of the best Manuka honey in the world is produced on the East Cape of NZ. Manuka honey from this region contains a naturally high concentration of MGO. If you’re looking for a natural sweetener that supports a healthy lifestyle, consider replacing your regular honey with Manuka honey.

How Often Should You Take Manuka Honey?

The frequency of taking Manuka honey depends on the specific purpose for which it is being used. If you are using it as a supplement for its potential health benefits, it is generally recommended to take it daily, either as a spread on toast or mixed into drinks or food. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional for specific guidance on the frequency and dosage of Manuka honey that is appropriate for your individual needs.

Can You Eat Manuka Honey Everyday?

Yes, you can eat Manuka honey every day as part of a balanced diet. While consuming Manuka honey every day can provide some potential health benefits, it is also important to remember that honey is a form of sugar and should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet. Overconsumption of any form of sugar can lead to health issues.

Can I Take Manuka Before Bed?

Yes, you can take Manuka honey before bed. Some people find that taking Manuka honey before bed can help promote better sleep and improve their overall quality of sleep. However, it is important, again, to remember that Manuka honey is a form of sugar and should be consumed in moderation, especially before bed.

Is Manuka Honey Safe?

Manuka honey is generally considered safe for most people when consumed in moderate amounts as part of a balanced diet. However, as with any food product, there may be some potential side effects, especially for people with specific health conditions. Additionally, Manuka honey should not be given to infants under 12 months old, as their digestive systems are not yet developed enough to handle the bacteria found in honey. If you have any concerns or specific health needs, it is always best to consult with a healthcare professional for personalised advice.

What Is Manuka Honey Used For?

Manuka honey is used in various ways for its special properties. It’s used as a food source or in tea to support a healthy lifestyle, topically as a skincare product, or on open wounds. And it’s said to even relieve a sore throat or cough. Some also use it as a preventative measure for keeping colds & flu away.

Here are a few other interesting uses of Manuka honey that we have come across:

  • Alleviate acne.
  • Dogs: For coughs, wounds, and ear infections.
  • Promote digestive health.

It’s important to note that while Manuka honey has many potential health benefits, we are by no means giving you health advice. We are simply showcasing where others have claimed to find Manuka honey useful. We strongly recommend you do your own homework and decide for yourself whether Manuka honey is beneficial to you. If you are unsure or need help, seek medical advice from a medical doctor. A homeopathic doctor would be a good start for medical advice that involves using Manuka honey.

Can Manuka Honey Be Used for Cooking?

Of course! Manuka honey is a wonderful ingredient in a variety of dishes. Click here to see our recipes page.

Can Manuka Honey Be Used in Tea?

Certainly. It’s important to remember not to use boiling water straight from a kettle. Instead, boil the water and let it cool down for a few minutes in a cup. It’s advised not to heat Manuka honey unnecessarily. The effects of Manuka honey may be lost in the process. High heat (such as boiling water) can destroy the special enzymes in the Manuka honey that carry all the goodness. See this recipe for a step-by-step guide.

Where Can I Buy Manuka Honey?

Buying Manuka honey has never been this easy. Check out our three options below, decide on the UMF level that’s right for you, pick a size, and enjoy!

Not Sure Which Manuka Honey Is Right For You?

You can use the “Manuka Honey MGO Chart” below as a guide.

Why Buy Manuka Honey: Manuka Honey vs Regular Honey

The branch of a Manuka bush in flower

by Andre Botha

Honey is a natural sweetener that’s been used by humans for centuries. However, Manuka honey is a kind of honey that’s quickly becoming a popular substitute for regular honey. It has numerous health benefits that make it worth considering over regular honey. In this article, we will discuss the advantages of using Manuka honey over regular honey. We will explore what sets it apart and why it should be a staple in your pantry. Keep reading to find out why you should choose Manuka honey over regular honey!

Is Manuka Honey Better for You Than Regular Raw Honey? - Manuka Honey Benefits

The health benefits associated with Manuka honey have made it a popular choice in recent years, despite its high price tag compared to regular honey. But is it really better for you than regular honey? The answer is yes, and here’s why.

Manuka honey contains higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes than regular honey. It also contains a special compound called Methylglyoxal (MGO) which is responsible for the healing properties of Manuka Honey. MGO has been known to help with digestion, skin conditions, and even wound healing. Additionally, Manuka Honey also has powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it great for treating sore throats or ulcers.

So, if you’re looking for honey that’s supercharged with nutritional value and that contains antibacterial activity, then Manuka Honey should be your go-to choice!

Why Is Manuka Honey So Special?

Manuka honey is an incredibly popular and sought-after product, prized for its healing, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. Native to New Zealand, Manuka honey is produced by bees that make honey from the pollen of the Manuka tree’s flower. It has long been renowned among Maori tribes because of the powerful health benefits associated with Manuka honey, and is now enjoyed around the world.

Manuka honey has been used for centuries for its numerous health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, wound care, and even fighting bacteria. Not all types of honey contain these unique benefits that Manuka honey may offer. The key components found in Manuka honey are methylglyoxal (MGO) and dihydroxyacetone (DHA). These compounds are what make this special honey so powerful in healing the body from within as well as through the skin.

Manuka honey is also a scarce resource due to the fact that it’s only produced in New Zealand and Australia for a few months of the year when the native Manuka plant is in flower. The scarcity of the flowering plant makes this natural food source and remedy so valuable.

Is It Worth Buying Manuka Honey vs Regular Honey?

Although Manuka honey is a fair bit more expensive than regular honey, it far outweighs normal honey in terms of healing properties. However, the big difference between regular honey and Manuka honey is the presence of MGO in Manuka honey. MGO is only found in honey produced by bees collecting nectar specifically from Manuka flowers. The benefits of Manuka honey make it an easy choice. Replacing your regular honey with a jar of Manuka honey is a good idea for any honey-lover looking to increase his or her wellness through a completely natural product.

What Level of Manuka Honey Is Best?

The level or rating of Manuka honey is indicative of various important factors. The UMFHA (Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association of New Zealand) tests four key compounds in their strict grading process. They are the official regulatory body for New Zealand’s Manuka honey industry. Any Manuka honey that’s awarded an official UMF rating, is genuine Manuka honey. Generally speaking, the higher the UMF, the better the quality, and the more potent the Manuka honey is.

Does Manuka Honey Taste the Same as Regular Honey?

If you’re used to regular honey, pure Manuka honey can take some getting used to. It helps to start with a low UMF rating. Try UMF 10+ or lower to start. UMF 15+ or UMF 20+ might be a bit strong-tasting for someone trying Manuka honey for the very first time. WildCape is well known for its ‘milder’ tasting Manuka honey. That’s because WildCape is the only Manuka honey producer to bring to market 100% Single Source Manuka honey from the East Cape of New Zealand. And the East Cape, in turn, is well regarded for producing some of the finest Manuka honey in the world. So, yes, WildCape’s honey is truly something special. It contains naturally high numbers of DHA and MGO, yet has a very pleasant bitter-sweet taste that’s just a cut above the rest.

Manuka Honey MGO vs UMF: A Breakdown of the Terminology & Why the Manuka Honey Rating System Is Critical

Two of WildCape's UMF certificates from the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association of New Zealand

Manuka Honey MGO vs UMF: A Breakdown of the Terminology & Why the Manuka Honey Rating System Is Critical

by Andre Botha

Methylglyoxal (MGO) is only one of many important compounds found in genuine UMF-rated Manuka honey. It is, however, the key component, as it determines the potency of the special honey, and heavily influences the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating. Although MGO in Manuka honey is critical in determining the UMF, there are three other key factors that determine the overall quality of Manuka honey. The UMF™ testing process, as set out by the UMFHA (Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association of New Zealand) measures all four unique signature compounds: leptosperin, dihydroxyacetone (DHA), methylglyoxal (MGO) and hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF). All four are present in high quality, genuine Manuka honey.

UMF Manuka Honey Rating System

The standard for the UMF grading System is set by the UMFHA:

“The beauty of mānuka honey comes from a complex collection of natural compounds that we call the Unique Mānuka Factors (UMF™) – and you won’t find it anywhere but in authentic New Zealand mānuka honey.

UMF™ is the only quality and rating system that independently certifies the presence and quality of all factors that make New Zealand mānuka honey unique, ensuring you get honey that meets your needs. Check for the UMF™ quality mark on the front of pack when choosing your mānuka honey.”

Manuka Honey UMF vs MGO

MGO vs UMF – what’s the direct correlation between UMF and MGO? The potency of Manuka honey is dependent on its MGO content. So, generally speaking, the higher the MGO, the higher the UMF rating. Although there are other important factors that contribute to the UMF rating.

Did You Know?

Honey that comes from the East Cape of New Zealand is naturally high in MGO. East Cape honey is also noticeably better tasting. Where some Manuka honey can have a strong medicinal taste, East Cape Manuka honey has a milder taste profile, making it a popular choice among Manuka honey enthusiasts the world over. 

A Breakdown of the Four Compounds That Determine UMF Rating

So why are all 4 compounds considered in the UMF™ grading system? Why not simply measure the potency which is determined by the amount of MGO? It’s important to measure all 4, since they work together to achieve a high-grade Manuka honey. It’s about much more than just potency. Let’s see what role each of these compounds play.

1) MGO (Determines the potency of Manuka honey.)

Methylglyoxal, also known as MGO, is the active ingredient in Manuka honey that gives it its unique antibacterial properties. The concentration of MGO is often used as a measure of potency. When purchasing Manuka honey, look for the UMF™ mark to ensure that the product has been certified to contain the special activity associated with MGO.  MGO is said to have antibacterial properties.

2) Leptosperin (Measures authenticity.)

Leptosperin is a naturally occurring compound that is found exclusively in the nectar of Manuka flowers. Testing for the presence of leptosperin is a reliable way to verify the authenticity of Manuka honey. In addition, laboratory studies have shown that higher levels of leptosperin are associated with anti-inflammatory properties. When purchasing Manuka honey, look for the UMF™ label to ensure that the product has been certified to contain leptosperin.

3) DHA (Determines shelf life of living Manuka honey.)

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is a compound that is converted to MGO in living Manuka honey. The stability of MGO in the honey is directly related to the amount of DHA present. To be UMF™ certified, Manuka honey must contain more than 70 mg/kg of DHA. This ensures that the honey will have a long shelf life and maintain its powerful antibacterial properties.

4) HMF (Measures Freshness.)

The UMFHA tests for hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) to ensure that the Manuka honey has not been overheated or stored for an extended period of time. HMF levels can indicate the quality and freshness of the honey. By checking for HMF, the UMFHA can ensure that the Manuka honey you receive from your favorite supplier has the full range of living properties it promises.

When we read that “New Zealand produces 1,700 tonnes of Manuka honey, but 10,000 tonnes are sold globally” (NZ Herald) it becomes clear that many consumers have been paying very high prices for a product which is anything but New Zealand Manuka honey.

Manuka Honey MGO Chart

Using this MGO calculator, you can see the MGO to UMF ratio, amongst other important compounds that award a given Manuka honey its appropriate UMF factor.

UMF table indicating the amount of each compound for each category of UMF from UMF5+ tp UMF25+

Manuka Honey vs Regular Honey

Regular New Zealand Honey, although super tasty and also beneficial to your health, does not compare to the healing qualities of Manuka honey. Manuka honey’s healing properties are much higher than standard honey due to the presence of MGO. The MGO is Manuka honey is derived from the Manuka bush and is not present in any other honey in the world.

If you have to choose between regular or Manuka, Manuka honey is best.

Monofloral vs Multifloral Manuka Honey

The branch of a Manuka bush in flower

Monofloral Manuka honey is made from the nectar of the Manuka bush only, while multifloral Manuka honey is made from the nectar of other plants as well. Monofloral honey is considered to be more potent and has higher antibacterial activity compared to multifloral Manuka honey. This is because it contains a higher concentration of the antibacterial compound methylglyoxal (MGO), which is found in higher amounts in the nectar of the Manuka bush compared to other plants.

It is important to also note that Manuka honey’s potency varies depending on where it is sourced and how it is processed, and it is important to find a reputable source, which can guarantee the authenticity of the product.

WildCape is the only UMF Certified single source Manuka honey that’s harvested exclusively from the East Cape region. As mentioned, the East Cape is well known to produce some of the finest Manuka honey in the world.

New to Manuka Honey?

WildCape USA offers UMF 10+, UMF 15+ and UMF 20+. Click on each product to learn more! If you’re still unsure, you can also follow the UMFHA’s guidelines on which UMF rating is right for you.

Where Can I Buy Manuka Honey?

You can find Manuka honey in stores or online. The easiest would be Manuka honey sold online. You can buy Manuka honey directly from our online store here.

Single Source UMF Certified Manuka Honey From New Zealand​

Several Honey Bees at Work on top of a Beehive

by Andre Botha

WildCape’s single source Manuka honey is the only UMF certified Manuka honey from New Zealand harvested exclusively from the East Cape region. Due to its unique climate and unspoiled wilderness, the region produces some of the finest Manuka honey in the world. East Cape Manuka honey is naturally high in Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), the precursor to Methylglyoxal (MGO). The result is Manuka honey with a consistently higher Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). See the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association website for more information: UMFHA

WildCape is also one of the few producers to harvest and market its own Manuka honey. Most other Manuka honey brands simply outsource the honey production process. 

In charge of the entire operation is WildCape founder, Bill Savage. As you might imagine, he and his team have a lot going on. Let’s have a look behind the scenes and learn more about Manuka honey production process, and see what makes WildCape’s pure New Zealand Manuka honey so unique.

When It Comes to New Zealand Manuka Honey, Why Does Single Source Matter?

Some manufacturers in the Manuka honey industry ‘bulk blend’ their honey. In other words, they combine New Zealand honey from several beekeepers across different regions of the country. The result is a product that can’t be traced back to one location. Every batch of WildCape’s single source Manuka honey can easily be traced back to the exact location where it was harvested. We work to ensure that this is carefully monitored and tracked. This gives you, the consumer, peace of mind. If the label says WildCape, you know it’s UMF certified pure East Cape Manuka honey. And that it’s traceable back to its original source.

At WildCape we manage every step of the process. Our 15 local beekeepers care for our 6,000+ hives across more than 200 sites and the specialist extraction and processing team pack and label every jar by hand. Our hives are dispersed throughout the East Cape region. The honey gets packed and labeled in our special processing facility in Gisborne where strict quality procedures are followed. When harvest time comes the precious Manuka honey is carefully gathered and brought back to this facility. Whilst the honey is packed and labeled, samples are sent away to an independent lab. Our honey is independently tested in New Zealand by Analytica Laboratories to determine the Unique Manuka Factor of each batch of WildCape Manuka Honey.

We work closely with the NZ Ministry of Primary Industries to ensure sustainability remains at the forefront of our operations. The MPI is the perfect partner, as they ensure that risk management is kept in check with a proper risk management program (RMP) and that the natural environment is considered first and foremost. It is crucial to us that our product is sustainably harvested and leaves a positive environmental impact.

Proof That You Have Single Source Manuka Honey from New Zealand's East Cape

How can you be sure that your jar contains true authentic Manuka honey from New Zealand? Each jar of WildCape Manuka Honey displays a unique batch code that can be used to identify the exact batch of Manuka honey, with its Unique Manuka Factor. Ensuring your jar of Manuka honey is pure.

The UMF is determined by several key compounds naturally found in quality Manuka honey. The most significant compound is MGO, which is the main natural health component of real MGO Manuka honey.

Users of our Manuka honey love the traceability factor. Have a jar of WildCape you’d like to trace back to its source? Search for your batch here.

About the Owner and Founder of WildCape

WildCape founder (and still head beekeeper), Bill Savage, wakes up every morning at a ridiculous hour, to tend to his many beehives spread out across the East Cape region. But this is what he loves doing. The drive into work is, for the most part, a winding dirt road through densely populated manuka bushes. It zig-zags through miles of rugged coastline, along golden sand beaches that separate the headlands from the mighty Pacific Ocean.

WildCape Manuka Honey Founder, Bill Savage in His Beekeeping Gear

Bill isn’t only passionate about beekeeping, but he thoroughly enjoys the entire production process. WildCape is one of the few Manuka honey producers who handle the entire process internally. Bill oversees the entire operation, from placing the queen bee, to jarring, labeling, and finally selling each jar.

He is as passionate about Manuka honey production as he was when he started his operation more than three decades ago. If there’s someone who understands New Zealand Manuka honey production and trade, it’s Bill.

Bill has a special connection with the East Cape – a deep love and respect for the land, and most importantly the people who inhabit it. WildCape’s staff is the company’s backbone, and according to Bill, its most valuable asset. He prefers to work on a profit-sharing basis with his team of beekeepers and collaborative land owners, so that they can share their successes and failures as a team.

Paradise: The East Cape of New Zealand 

“Most mornings, while tending to our bees, we rub our sticky eyes in disbelief that we get to call this place home. It’s paradise, mate.” – WildCape beekeeper

Most of the East Cape locals have lived here for years and are still completely in love with this secluded slice of paradise. There are few places left where the air is as crisp and the seas are as clean as the East Cape of New Zealand. 

Geographically isolated by the Raukumara mountain range to the west, this region has remained for the most part unpopulated and unspoiled. Stretched out along the coastline one can see large areas of virgin forest. Due to the rugged topography of this remote region, farming is not as intensive as in other areas of New Zealand. The lack of pasture means our hive locations are not sprayed with harmful pesticides and herbicides, which is great news for sensitive honeybees. The East Cape region’s warm climate, fertile soils, and coastal proximity further add to ideal conditions for native Manuka shrubs and the bees that source their flowers’ special nectar. This created the perfect setting for producing top-quality natural Manuka honey. We call it nature’s miracle.

As if it didn’t have enough magic about it, New Zealand’s East Cape is one of the first places on earth to greet the sun every morning. Check it out on Google Maps

It’s no wonder East Cape honey is the preferred Manuka honey from New Zealand.

Why Manuka Honey From New Zealand's East Cape Tastes So Good.

Manuka honey has different taste profiles depending on where in New Zealand it is harvested. When Manuka honey is produced in bulk by blending honey from diverse areas, the result is an unbalanced honey that can be either overly sweet, too bitter, or extremely pungent. A good Manuka honey is slightly bitter, doesn’t have a grainy texture, and has a dark cream or light cream colour (depending on the region and time of year).

What is the secret of a perfectly delicious Manuka honey? Location and environmental factors play the biggest role in creating flavour. As WildCape Manuka Honey is a single source, pure New Zealand honey that’s produced in a carefully controlled environment, the flavour is always consistent.

While Manuka honey often has a strong medicinal taste, WildCape’s single source Manuka honey is quite mild in taste. It is well balanced in terms of flavour versus benefit and has been described as having a “delicate, bitter-sweet” taste.

Our product range offers varying strengths of Manuka honey. Each variant (UMF10+, 15+, 20+, etc.) is determined by the UMF rating, which also determines the taste. The higher the UMF rating, the more you will taste the medicinal compounds that give Manuka honey its bitter-sweet taste. It’s really a matter of preference since some prefer stronger-tasting honey while others prefer milder honey.

Fun Fact

Sometimes you’ll see it written New Zealand Mānuka honey. This is the original way to spell the name given to the Manuka tree by the indigenous Māori people.

Buying Manuka honey has never been easier – shop online today. You can browse our range here. Discover the benefits of authentic Manuka honey from the East Cape of New Zealand.

8 Natural Ways To Avoid Colds and Flu

Drink plenty of fluids
Thirst is an indicator that our body needs water and is likely dehydrated. If we become dehydrated the mucus membrane in our nose dries out and becomes less effective at preventing bacteria and viruses entering the body. It is important that we regularly drink water, even during the colder months, to stay hydrated and flush out toxins.

Wash your hands frequently
Viruses are not only airborne, they can also be spread through physical contact and may enter the body if infected hands touch the eyes, nose and mouth. Frequently washing our hands and drying them with disposable towels reduces the chance of contracting viruses.

Dress appropriately for the season
Colder temperatures place greater stress on our body. If we don’t wear adequate clothing, we can shiver and this lowers our immune system making us susceptible to colds. Autumn is the perfect time of year to pull out those warm sweaters, scarves, hats and gloves so we are prepared for when the weather gets cooler.

Eat fresh fruit and vegetables
Eating a range of fresh fruit and veggies provides our body with important nutrients and antioxidants which strengthen our immune system to fight infection and viruses.

Keep moving
Whilst winter feels like the perfect time to stay on the sofa indoors, this does little to help our immune system. Regular, moderate exercise improves circulation and blood flow throughout the body. This includes components of our immune system, which when well circulated, have a better chance of finding an defending against illness before it can spread.

Sleep well
Sleeping allows our body to recover, repair and maintain a strong immune system. It is important that our bedtime routines and sleeping environment are conducive to quality rest and sleep.

Stay happy
Stress reduces the effectiveness of our immune system to defend against infection and viruses. Maintaining a happy, relaxed and cheerful disposition supports our immune system and in turn our health.

Keep moving
Whilst winter feels like the perfect time to stay on the sofa indoors, this does little to help our immune system. Regular, moderate exercise improves circulation and blood flow throughout the body. This includes components of our immune system, which when well circulated, have a better chance of finding an defending against illness before it can spread.

Sip a cup of hot lemon, ginger and WildCape UMF™ Manuka Honey
A perfect way to warm us up, get a vitamin C boost and maintain hydration. In your favourite cup add 3 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 small piece of ginger (washed and thinly sliced) and 1 teaspoon of WildCape UMF™ 15+ Manuka Honey. Top with slightly cooled boiling water, stir to let the flavours infuse, then steep for 2 minutes before drinking.

Is Your Manuka Honey Authentic?

Three jars of WildCape Manuka honey in a box with wood shavings

When we read that “New Zealand produces 1,700 tonnes of Manuka honey, but 10,000 tonnes are sold globally” (https://www.healthyfood.co.uk/know-real-manuka-honey/) it becomes clear that many consumers have been paying very high prices for a product which is anything but New Zealand Manuka honey.

Why is Manuka honey so rare?

Manuka honey comes from the nectar of the flower of the Manuka bush (leptospermum scoparium) which is native only to New Zealand. It is the special nectar and the bee that give Manuka honey its unique properties. Manuka grows in some of New Zealand’s most remote areas and its flowers only produce nectar for approximately 3-4 weeks a year. Not only must beekeepers transport hives long distances, into hard to access locations, but they must do so at just the right time to ensure the bees can source the Manuka nectar. Compounding the constrained supply problem is rapidly growing global demand – Manuka honey contains signature compounds not available in other types of honey and its unique properties are becoming understood by consumers around the world.

What is Manuka honey and what is not?

In December 2017, the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) finalised a scientific definition that can be used to authenticate whether or not a particular honey is New Zealand Manuka honey. From February 2018, all honey labelled as “Manuka” for export from New Zealand must be tested by an MPI-recognised laboratory to make sure it meets the new Manuka honey definition.

Further customer protection is provided by the UMF™ Honey Association of New Zealand (www.umf.org.nz). Their UMF™ (Unique Manuka Factor™) grading system appraises additional natural markers found in Manuka Honey to assure purity and quality. Unlike other grading systems which measure just one or two markers, only the UMF™ testing process measures all three unique signature compounds, Leptosperin, Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and Methylglyoxal (MGO) present in high quality, genuine Manuka honey. All Manuka honey carrying the UMF™ mark must be independently tested in adherence with Ministry of Primary Industries and UMF™ Honey Association guidelines before it can be certified with a UMF™ grading to indicate the level of unique properties in each jar. It is estimated that more than 80% of genuine Manuka honey exported from New Zealand carries the UMF™ mark.

How to purchase genuine UMF™ Manuka Honey?

Follow these step-by-step guidelines to ensure you purchase only the highest quality, genuine UMF™ Manuka Honey:

1. The UMF™ mark is displayed clearly on the label
2. The UMF™ grading is at least 5+ or higher
3. The UMF™ licensee name and number is displayed on the label
4. The UMF™ licensee name and number are registered on www.umf.org.nz
5. A batch number printed on each jar is endorsed by an official UMF™ Certificate
6. The Manuka honey is harvested, packed and labelled in New Zealand