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What Is The Highest UMF™ Level In The World?

July 06, 2022 3 min read

What Is The Highest UMF™ Level In The World?

The Unique Manuka Factor (UMF™) is a term some are familiar with, and those who are aware know how important it is for the UMF™ to be strong. With fans worldwide, Manuka honey has become one of the most famous varieties. Noted for its rarity and unique composition, many honey connoisseurs search for the strongest variety.  

Exploring the wide world of Manuka honey, this article will delve into the luxury and boutique world of high-end UMF™ Manuka honey. We will also look at what is ultimately the highest UMF™ level and what it takes for this impressive feat of nature to reach such a milestone. 


Is UMF™ Important When Buying Manuka Honey? 

The importance of UMF™ depends entirely on the buyer. Manuka honey is not just loved for the UMF™ but also loved worldwide for its caramel-like, creamy and earthy taste. This taste can also be enjoyed with multifloral varieties, but purchasing a monofloral UMF™-certified Manuka honey will deliver 100% Manuka gold. 

Thanks to the extensive range of strengths, everyone can enjoy a jar of UMF™ Manuka honey. The initial UMF™ levels are very affordable and still deliver a decadent taste. Although, the special naturally-occurring ingredients within Manuka honey become more concentrated the more the UMF™ level increases. Whether you’re looking to spread your Manuka honey on toast or eat by the spoonful, you’ll be able to enjoy nature’s most delicious treat regardless of your UMF™.


What Gives Manuka Honey That Specific UMF™ Number?  

Four very unique chemical components of Manuka honey determine its UMF™ grade. While each one contributes to a unique characteristic of this honey, methylglyoxal (MGO) is the most sought-after ingredient. There has been speculation within the scientific community thatMGO may lead to antibacterial activity - however, further research is currently underway to better understand the scale.

When you see that exceptional UMF™ level, know that the following bioactive ingredients have been independently measured: 

  1. Methylglyoxal (MGO) for potency 
  2. Leptosperin for authenticity 
  3. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) for shelf life
  4. Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) for freshness 

Why Don’t I Just Look For High MGO When Buying Manuka Honey? 

There are those out there who are solely interested in MGO levels, which is a method of determining potency. However, there is more than just the potency that contributes to the purity of Manuka honey. High MGO does not necessarily mean the product hasn’t been altered. 

MGO can theoretically be added artificially, but the presence of DHA indicates that the MGO is naturally occurring. DHA is the chemical precursor to MGO. With just MGO as a measurement of Manuka honey, you may also be unaware of how genetically pure the honey is. Leptosperin is the genetic DNA marker for the Manuka flower. Subsequently, verifying the presence of leptosperin will indicate a genuine Manuka honey product. 

Finally, HMF is a commonly overlooked component of Manuka honey, but this unique factor indicates freshness. How? HMF at high concentrations can indicate heating during the extraction process, which also may indicate processing or blending. HMF levels of 10mg/kg or below are the optimal range and indicate a more natural and tamper-free Manuka Honey. 


What Is The Highest UMF™ Level In The World? 

Monofloral Manuka honey itself is a very rare substance, with the flower only blooming a few weeks a year. Finding the strongest concentrations of one of the rarest honey is by no means a simple task for manufacturers, but UMF™ levels can be very potent. Capping atUMF™ 31+ or UMF™ 32+, only a few jars of these ultra-premium jars are made annually.

Concentrations of the four key ingredients mentioned above are exceedingly high within these extremely rare jars. Transcending any expectation for natural sweetness, PURITI has a few ultra-premium Grand Cru jars reserved for true Manuka honey fans. 


PURITI Can Provide You With 100% Pure New Zealand Mānuka Honey

At PURITI, we provide multi-purposeful UMF™-certified Mānuka honey that exceeds all requirements to guarantee purity and potency. EachMānuka honey product that we sell exceeds the minimum required leptosperin and MGO concentrations set by UMF™HA. As a result, consumers can buy from PURITI with confidence knowing that we are only selling 100% genuine New Zealand Mānuka honey.

PURITI also includes 11 separate anti-counterfeit measures within our packaging - we provide absolute quality assurance to our customers. 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, genuine New Zealand Mānuka honey online, the great selection of items at PURITI will be the perfect place to browse an extensive range of premium products. 

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