Our Premium Manuka Honey UMF™ 24+ is produced by bees collecting nectar from the native Manuka plant, a scrubby tree that is abundant across New Zealand and is well known for its unique properties.
These unique properties have led Manuka Honey to be one of the most researched honeys in the world.
The small white flowers of the Manuka tree bloom during spring and summer in New Zealand and this is the time of year when the bees collect the nectar and produce the honey.
The bloom of the Manuka Tree (Leptospermum Scoparium) is a very short period of time, around 2-6 weeks per year. This means the total amount of Manuka Honey produced each year is limited.
The higher the UMF™ grade of our raw Manuka Honey, the rarer it becomes.
MONOFLORAL MANUKA HONEY
Monofloral Manuka honey is considered the highest quality Manuka honey. It is difficult to source making it extremely rare and special.
Monofloral Manuka honey is honey that comes from the nectar of only the Manuka flower. Manuka honey that is classified as a monofloral Manuka honey has a UMF™ grading of UMF™ 5+ or higher.
The New Zealand Government has put strict testing requirements on the testing and export of Manuka Honey. It must meet these requirements to be labelled as a monofloral Manuka Honey.
All New Zealand Honey Co. raw Manuka Honey meets or exceeds the requirements set by the New Zealand Government.
You can scan the QR Code on your jar to get the specific testing certificate for your purchase.
New Zealand Honey Co. Raw Manuka Honey UMF™ 24+ is a complex honey with a herbaceous flavour that has undertones of caramel, with a clean fresh finish and a moderately bitter taste.
This honey has a very smooth, pleasant texture; thick, almost chewy and fudge-like consistency. The honey can range from being a dark cream in colour to a dark brown, and anything in between.
Our UMF 24+ Raw Manuka Honey is great as a spread on nutty bread and adds a rich complexity to savoury sauces and marinades. Raw Manuka Honey can also be eaten straight off the spoon or added to drinks. Add this honey to a smoothie for a natural sweetener, or drizzle over your yoghurt and muesli. A perfect addition to your skincare routine and other health & beauty uses.
ABOUT UMF™ & MGO
What is UMF™?
UMF™ (Unique Manuka Factor) is a highly-respected grading system that guarantees you genuine, unadulterated natural Manuka Honey. All our Manuka Honey is tested by an independent third party and, at a minimum, meet the standards set by the UMF™ Association and the New Zealand Government.
Understanding UMF™ vs MGO vs K-Factor:
UMF™ is the highest testing standard for any honey worldwide. UMF testing measures these key elements - Leptosperin, DHA, HMF and Methylglyoxal (MGO) which all mark a high-quality Manuka Honey.
MGO measures Methylglyoxal (MG) but not Leptosperin which classifies genuine Manuka honey.
K-Factor focuses on the pollen count of the honey and does not measure the Methylglyoxal (MGO) of the Manuka honey.
New Zealand Honey Co. is a member of the UMF™ Association and all our honey is tested and measured to the UMF grading standard.