MANUKA HONEY FAQ + BENEFITS
Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that collect nectar from the Manuka tree. Manuka Honey is one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world.
The Methylglyoxal (MGO) (which is a special sugar found in Manuka nectar) is measured by testing each individual batch, giving the MGO Level of the honey produced. The higher the Methylglyoxal (MGO) level the more beneficial the Manuka honey is in remedial values.
UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor. This is determined mainly by the MGO
MGO stands for Methylglyoxal which is a special sugar found in Manuka nectar.
MGO is the active ingredient which determines the UMF value. To better understand check out our table below
Our honey is enriched with pollen known as ‘bee bread’ – this is what fresh pollen is transformed into once taken inside the hive by bees. Filled with antioxidants, high in protein, and anti-inflammatory, pollen is what bees rely on as a vital source of nourishment for feeding their young.
It’s all in our honey extraction method, quite simply fermented pollen used for feeding young bees is stored underneath the honey, the conventional method of spinning out honey does not collect the packed in pollen.
However, our method of scraping everything from the frame collects these granules of goodness and it is mixed through the honey.
At Wrights Honey, we harvest our honey on site. We do not transport the hives or take the frames to a processing plant to have the honey removed. We scrap the honey, the wax combs and the bee pollen from the frames right at the hive.
The scrapings are placed into large vats, labeled and then driven to our small processing room where we separate the honey from the wax using a special compression process.
This process ensures that all the active enzymes, bee pollen (aka bee bread) and anti-oxidants are left in their purest form so you are getting the best possible honey we can produce.
We are so proud of our honey, we put our family name on it! Our label shows each batch and location of the hive.Learn more about our honey packaging
Most transmissible diseases threatening the bee population today are stored in wax, when honey boxes are removed and taken back to an extraction facility they are staked up and frames are mixed together during processing, this leads to a higher rate of cross-contamination between deadly disease such as American foulbrood.
When extracting in the field all potential wax that has disease is removed and therefore there is no chance of cross contamination.
Pollen has been hailed as the super food, however not all pollen is created equal… but what’s the difference? Well, one is “bee” pollen and one is “tree” pollen.
Your typical jar of pollen is simply what is collected from trees, by bees, in the surrounding area. This pollen is collected by being scraped off the bee’s hind legs as they enter the hive, before it is dried and packaged to sell.
Our pollen enriched honey comes from what is known as “bee bread”. Bee bread is pollen that has been taken inside the hive by our bees, where it gets fermented and stored ready for feeding young. This pollen is more bio available for the bees and for you!
Don’t worry this is a natural occurrence! In fact, you should be worried if it doesn’t. Raw and un-filtered honey is filled with tiny particles such as pollens and other nutrients. In cooler temperatures, crystals begin to form around these particles giving your honey a gritty texture.
If you prefer a runnier texture simply pop your jar of honey in a bowl of hot water and the crystals will dissolve away.
- Helps to soothe an uneasy stomach, lowering stomach acid and helping to calm Acid Reflux
- Anti bacterial and healing properties help to prevent skin irritations such as Eczema and Acne
- Has been shown to combat infections such as Staph
- Is used in hospitals to treat burns, and other wounds
- Can prevent Gingivitis and tooth decay
- Soothes sore throats and helps your immunity fight of cold and flu symptoms
- Can help reduce allergies especially in combination with high pollen intake
- Used as a natural skin and beauty treatment
- Can help to improve sleep
Firstly, Honey in no way needs to be pasteurized to be safe for consumption. This is done by large suppliers who drastically their heat their honey to improve consistency, look and feel straight out of the pot. This process however removes beneficial bacteria and naturally occurring enzymes and dulls flavour profiles in your honey.
Raw honey is the real deal kept how the bees intended it to be, better for your health, and your taste buds.
- Thick, cloudy or creamy appearance
- Crystallises over time
- Vitamin and antioxidant-rich
- Contains natural probiotics
- A source of valuable enzymes
- May contain bee pollen and bits of honeycomb
- Smooth, polished appearance
- Either stays in liquid form or hardens
- Nutrients lost in the heating process
- All beneficial bacteria and enzymes are killed off
- May have ‘natural flavours’ added
- Filtered for aesthetic appeal (pollen & honeycomb removed)
Truly organic honey is difficult to find, even if an apiary is fairly closed off and doesn’t use pesticides on the nearby flowers and trees. Bees can travel up to 6 Kms from their hives when foraging for nectar. If farms or properties nearby use pesticides, it is likely that they wind up in the honey to some extent.
Plus, Pests such as Varroa “Destructor” Mite can be harmful to the bee population in a non-organic setting. Colony collapse is a real problem and there is a trade of with using organic methods of Varroa control as opposed to ACTUAL Varroa control.
Bees can make up to four times what they need to survive the winter. At Wrights Honey, we make sure to only take excess honey and pollen stores. This ensures our bees will survive whatever winter has to bring.
Some cool things about honey and how it can help us:
- Helps with acid reflux
- Helps to treat Acne and Eczema
- Treats wounds, burns and ulcers
- Helps to prevent Tooth Decay and Gingivitis
- Soothes the throad and helps with your immunity
- Reduses Allergies
- Prevents ageing of the skin
- Improves your abillity to sleep