Discover Mānuka Honey


Manuka honey is highly valued by people all around the world due to its unique properties. Mānuka honey comes from the nectar of the flower of New Zealand’s native mānuka tree (Leptospermum Scoparium). The nectar and the bees give this special honey its unique properties, proven by extensive scientific analysis done in many countries.

Credible Science

Mānuka honey’s unique properties

Mānuka honey is complex. With more than 2,300 signature markers it is the most researched honey in the world.

Research on manuka honey has indicated that the MGO (Methylglyoxal) content is responsible for its antibacterial properties  and that this honey has anti-inflammatory effects. Both suggest manuka honey can help support people's immune systems.

It has been proven that when consumed, Leptosperin crosses the gut into the bloodstream confirming the potential for it to be a natural support for health and wellness.

Topics relating to mānuka honey’s influence on digestion are being studied. The prebiotic potential of mānuka honey is being explored and mānuka honey shows influence on gut bacteria growth.

Nature's sweet gift

The beauty of using mānuka honey

Natural Energy

Mānuka honey is a great source of natural energy to help fuel your day. Enjoy a spoonful when you need a boost.


Mānuka honey can have soothing effects.
It can help soothe sore throats.
Honey acts as a natural humectant for the skin and can be used as an ingredient for DIY facemasks. Try our facemask recipe.


Mānuka honey's rich combination of unique properties makes it very special. Many people use it daily for their general health and wellbeing.


Mānuka honey has a distinct flavour and rich aroma. Whether it's a snack, spread, sweetener or ingredient, mānuka honey always adds natural sweetness in a delicious way​. Use our recipe.

Brief History

Guarding a generational treasure

Māori were the first to discover the very special properties of the mānuka tree. Historically they used the mānuka bark and leaves for culinary and medicinal purposes. They now regard this honey a sacred treasure.​​

When the Europeans arrived in New Zealand in the late 1700s, Captain Cook’s crew learned quickly that they could boil the mānuka leaves to make tea. ​

Today the special characteristics of our precious mānuka honey are widely recognised around the world. ​

Answers to all ofYour Questions

Why is some creamed honey more set or harder than other?

Honey has naturally occurring sugars: fructose, glucose and a number of complex sugars. Their ratio influences its texture. It is the glucose that crystallises, the fructose remains soluble. The more glucose in a batch of creamed honey, the greater its influence on the consistency of the honey.

What is creamed honey?

Creamed honey is also known as crystallised honey. Liquid honey is converted into creamed honey through a controlled crystallisation process; we add starter crystals and churn the honey for several hours. At the end of the process all the honey has even crystallisation and is classified as creamed honey.

Why does the colour of honey vary?

Various factors affect the honey’s colour, including the region, season, climate and the ratio of naturally occurring sugars.

Honey colour from a single floral type can vary due to the different soils the plants grow in. Some regions produce darker honey, some lighter for the same floral type.

The course of the seasons and climate also plays a part. A honey’s colour, texture (hardness/smoothness) and indeed taste can vary from region to region and season to season. The ratios of the various naturally occurring sugars present in honey (fructose, glucose) influence honey’s colour and texture when crystallised (i.e. creamed). Glucose crystals are white so if there is a higher content of glucose the honey may be tinted lighter.

Why is mānuka honey more expensive than other honey types?

Bees collect the nectar from the mānuka flowers to create honey. Mānuka flowers only bloom for approximately 2-6 weeks in December every year, giving the bees a very short time period to collect the nectar.

Beehives are placed in remote regions to get the best mānuka honey. This demands a high level of resources all year round to care for the bees, protect the hives and harvest the honey within this short timeframe. Sometimes access to these remote regions is made more difficult by weather events.

What is the best way to store honey?

Storage conditions will depend on the local climate. We recommend keeping it out of direct sunlight and at a temperature of between 18°C and 22°C.

Can I bake with mānuka honey?

Baking with mānuka honey is certainly feasible and it adds natural sweetness and flavour. Depending on your budget, we advise using a lower UMF™ value.

What are some factors that affect mānuka honey?

Too much heat can affect the ratio between the two natural biomarkers, DHA to MGO. Therefore, we recommend that mānuka honey is stored between 18°C and 22°C.

How much should I consume daily?

Although mānuka honey has unique properties, it is still a source of natural sugars. Therefore it is recommended to be eaten in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.

How much honey do I use to replace sugar?

Honey is sweeter than white sugar, so less honey is likely needed than sugar to get the same sweetness. However, the sweetness of the honey does depend on the type so we recommend you trial using different amounts of honey to replace sugar in your application.

Is your honey organic?

Our honey is from our hives placed in remote areas in New Zealand’s mānuka forests. It is not
officially classified as being organic.

Can mānuka honey be taken during pregnancy?

Factors to consider when an individual makes the decision to eat honey when pregnant include the honey’s level of natural sugars, pasteurisation and potential allergies. It's always a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider for personalised advice.

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