Mānuka Honey NZ
Technical overview of product
|ID||Unique Mānuka Factor||Methylglyoxal|
This blog helps explain some of the technical terms that we might come across on a label, such as UMF and MGO, what these actually mean, along with some truly unique kiwi stories, and how you can use this knowledge to make a more informed choice the next time you purchase a jar of Mānuka Honey in New Zealand or anywhere on the globe.
Rare Harvest’s Unique Mānuka Honey Story
So what is Mānuka Honey?
Mānuka honey is produced by bees collecting nectar from the mānuka plant (Leptospermum scoparium) that grows throughout New Zealand.
How can you determine the authenticity of the expensive Mānuka Honey you buy?
Tests to authenticate mānuka honey
All honey labelled as mānuka for export must be tested by an MPI-recognised laboratory to make sure it meets the new mānuka honey definition.
- The mānuka honey definition is made up of a combination of 5 attributes (4 chemicals from nectar and 1 DNA marker from mānuka pollen).
Addition requirements include:
- Improvements to how bee products are traced through the supply chain
- Ensuring New Zealand bee products comply with importing country requirements
How and why this helps global consumers?
The science definition for mānuka honey is essential to ensure:
- Consumers around the world are confident they’re getting genuine mānuka honey.
- Overseas regulators have confidence in the assurances we give them about New Zealand mānuka honey.
- Help the continued growth of our export honey industry and the premium prices New Zealand bee products command overseas.
This also allows the industry to:
- Separate mānuka honey from other honey types
- Identify honey as either monofloral or multifloral mānuka honey.
This Business Insider video explains: why mānuka honey is so expensive?
Comvita explains their Mānuka Honey story from Hive to Table
The label claim that it is genuine Mānuka Honey
This represents the unique signature compounds characteristic of this honey which ensure purity and quality.
These include the key markers of
- Dihydroxyacetone – DHA
What Mānuka Honey is best – A simple table compares a UMF & MGO label on a jar of Mānuka Honey:
|Unique Mānuka Factor – Indicates three components||Methylglyoxal – Indicates just this one component|
|UMF 5 Jar||
|UMF 10 Jar||
|UMF 20 Jar||
|Rare Earth UMF 31||
Intrigued and want to know more about the business side?
Exporting New Zealand Honey – FAQs
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