Manuka Honey

What is Mānuka Honey?

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Mānuka [ mā·nu·ka ] Honey comes from the nectar of the flower of the Mānuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium) which is indigenous to New Zealand. It is the nectar and the bee that give this honey its unique properties.

Manuka flower

The Mānuka flower produces nectar with characteristic and unique signature compounds.

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It is a unique honey.

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It is widely recognised and highly sought after by consumers and has a substantial body of research behind it.

Manuka honey

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Mānuka honey is acknowledged as being the ‘standard’ against which other honeys are compared.

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Fast Facts on Bees

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I fly approximately 77,200 kms to gather the nectar

needed to produce a litre of honey.

I visit up to 50-100 flowers during any one flight from the hive.

I need to visit around 4 million flowers

to make 1 kg of honey.

A hive of bees flies around 88,500 kms to

produce 1/2 kg of honey.

A worker bee produces a maximum of 1 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.

My health reflects the environment –

New Zealand’s bee populations are increasing...

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Māori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand and have a cultural connection to its taonga (treasure) mānuka. Maori are tangata whenua (people of the land) who are responsible for protecting our taonga for current and future generations.

The story of Mānuka

“Ranginui (sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother) were locked in an eternal embrace. Their children became frustrated with the cramped conditions and decided to separate their parents – Tane Mahuta (god of the forests) lay on his back and forced his parents apart. He adorned Ranginui with the sun, moon and the stars. He also cloaked his mother with trees. Tane Mahuta had a union with Tawake-toro which gave rise to Mānuka. Tane Mahuta also introduced all our native tree species, our native birds and insects. Tane Mahuta also breathed live into the first female giving rise to humankind.”

– Victor Goldsmith

 

Tane Mahuta = Tawake-toro 

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