What makes Mānuka honey different from other honeys?

What makes Mānuka honey different from other honeys?

The difference between Mānuka honey - what makes it unique?


The rundown


1. The bees collect the necter from the Mānuka bush.
2. Mānuka honey is thicker & gritter in texture & darker in colour
4. Known for its medical properties: ant-inflammatory, antimicrobial activity, it's wound healing properties & benefits for gut health
5. Heavily tested & regulated honey 

The flower/nectar source


First and foremost, the obvious, whether you are wondering what is the between any type honey the answer is the same: it all depends on the flower.

Mānuka honey comes from the nectar of the Mānuka Tree (leptospermum scoparium).

Now this part this is the part that can become a tad confusing. Not just the flower source but the amount of nectar collected from that flower is also super important.

The amount of nectar collected from a Mānuka flower determines whether the honey is classified as -  monofloral, or multifloral Mānuka honey, it UMF rating or if it's can even be called Mānuka at all. 

Learn more: monofloral vs multifloral Mānuka honey

Essentially how much nectar have the bee actually collected from the Mānuka bush will determine not just if it's Mānuka honey, but it's UMF rating.

Mānuka bush in flower

Mānuka honey taste & looks different


Every honey has it's own unique  flavor profile, for many Mānuka honey's really stands out. 

Mānuka honey like most honeys still has a sweet surgery taste, but instead of flowery flavor it has more earthy tones.

Mānuka honey also tends to be gritter than other honeys, it has a thick, rich texture, a golden brown color and has taste flavors of caramel and malt.

Some even say Mānuka honey has a medicinal taste - it tastes like it's good for you! 

Learn more: What Does Mānuka Honey Honey Taste Like?

Manuka honey left: darker in colour, gritty looking texture, Clover honey right: lighter creamy colour, smooth runny texture

Mānuka honey is known for its medical properties


The major difference between Manuka honey's and other honeys is it's medial benefits. Mānuka is known for it's ant-inflammatory, antimicrobial activity, it's wound healing properties and benefits for gut health. 

Methylglyoxal is its active ingredient found naturally in nectar of Mānuka flowers, this amazing component is linked to it's antibacterial equivalency. 

While it's true, other honeys do have some levels of Methylglyoxal in them, none quite as high as Mānuka. In fact, Manuka honey can have MGO levels up to 100 times more than other raw honey.

Some research even indicates that Mānuka honey can be safely used as an alternative natural antibiotic

Using Mānuka honey on wounds, cuts and burns can help to reduce inflammation, decrease irritation, help add healthy bacteria and lock in moisture for the skin. Not only can Mānuka help to fight wound infections but acne and other skin problems too.

Learn more: Mānuka Honey for Healing Wounds & Burns

Many people use Mānuka to help with gut health. Studies show potently promising benefits for IBS and ulcerative colitis when consuming Mānuka honey. 

It has also been shown to help treat strains of Clostridium difficile (a bacteria infection) that causes severe diarrhea and inflammation of the bowel.


Mānuka honey is heavily tested & regulated


No other honey is as heavily tested and authenticated as Mānuka. 

UMF Mānuka honey is independtanly tested in a lab. We test our Mānuka honey for it’s unique markers and quality markers 4-5 times with independent labs before we labelit as UMF Mānuka honey

So if you purchase our UMF rated Mānuka honey you know you are getting the real deal with all it associated benefits.  

 Learn more: Manuka Grading system  


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