The Difference Between Multifloral and Monofloral Manuka Honey

As one of the most popular superfoods out in the market today, it’s essential to know whether you’re buying the best Manuka honey in NZ.

The Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) Quality Mark is one of the most recognisable methods in determining honey quality.  However, before the measuring and grading can occur, Manuka honey must be categorised as either Monofloral or multifloral.

This article will outline what Monofloral and multifloral (or blend) mean and why it’s vital to look out for these words on labels.

Multifloral Manuka Honey:

Multifloral Manuka honey refers to honey that is composed of Nectar from multiple flowers. Any Manuka honey with multifloral or blend on the label is not 100% pure Manuka honey. Bees are extremely unlikely to collect Nectar from just one plant species when multiple flowers surround them. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that most honey is multifloral.

Multifloral or blended varieties are more diluted and thus will not have as many Manuka honey benefits - it will also significantly affect the taste. Nevertheless, there are many benefits to be gained from multifloral variations. However, if purity and maximum health and well-being benefits are what you’re after, you may need to look further.

 Some uses for Multifloral Manuka honey include:

  • Healthier substitute for refined sugar
  • Delicious cooking ingredient
Honeybee harvesting pollen from Manuka bush.

Monofloral Manuka Honey:

Monofloral Manuka honey is derived from Nectar predominantly collected from the Manuka bush (New Zealand Tea Tree). It can only be collected in the densest Manuka forests, usually found in remote areas.  

In addition, the honey collected will have to meet a specific requirement as set by the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries. To be deemed as pure Monofloral Manuka honey, five particular attributes. If the product fails to meet one, it will be categorised as multifloral.

Once the bees collect the nectar from the Manuka plant, they work to create delicious Manuka honey that our skilled apiarists then collect. 

Popular uses of Manuka honey include:

  • Antioxidant face mask
  • Soothes sore throats
  • Acne and eczema treatment
  • Oral health supplement
  • Natural immunity

Is Multifloral or Monofloral Manuka Honey Better For Me?  

The best Manuka honey for you will entirely depend on your preferences. If you’re looking for a delicious and healthier alternative to sugar, then multifloral honey could be a good option for you. However, if you wish to seek the health and well-being benefits of Manuka honey, monofloral will help you achieve those natural health goals.

With several antibacterial and anti-inflammatory components, genuine monofloral Manuka honey is unmatched with any other multifloral honey. More importantly, Manuka honey has around four times the mineral content of other honey. Furthermore, pure Manuka honey also comes with a luxurious taste and consistency. An authentic taste of New Zealand.

How PURITI Ensures Monofloral Manuka Honey in New Zealand

PURITI is part of Midlands Apiaries Limited who have been in the honey and seed business for over a century. Manuka honey is derived from the Manuka bush (New Zealand Tea Tree) but is a native and scarce plant. The bee visits this flower to collect the Nectar and begins the production of the iconic honey. Once the nectar is collected, worker bees fly back to the hive, depositing their gatherings into honeycombs.

With stringent production methods, the bees will pollinate and extract nectar from the Manuka bush and produce the iconic pure Manuka honey we all know. Learn more about the Manuka honey production process here.

Why PURITI is one of the Best Manuka Honey Brands in New Zealand

While these benefits are only present in genuine Manuka honey brands, PURITI Manuka honey separates itself from the rest as our level of quality is truly unmatched. All of PURITI’s honey is monofloral and, as such, is 100% genuine and pure. We also have a quality-grading process that is second to none.

 PURITI separates itself from many in the current market. Not only do we meet the legal and scientific definition of monofloral Manuka honey, as set by the New Zealand government.

PURITI also includes 11 separate anti-counterfeit measures made within our packaging - we provide absolute quality assurance to our customers. We follow particular methods to sustain our unique monofloral honey composition. As a sacred product of New Zealand, we want to ensure customers receive the best level of quality that PURITI can offer. 

If you’re looking to buy high-quality Manuka honey online, the great selection of items at PURITI will be the perfect place to browse an extensive range of unique products. 

Buy our Manuka honey online or in PURITI selected stores for all your wellness needs.


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