Pure Mānuka honey is a unique type of honey produced only in New Zealand from the nectar of the Mānuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium). As a cultural staple, the Mānuka bush has been well-documented in Maori history to be instrumental in several traditional healing methods.
However, after scientific studies were undertaken, results found that one ingredient, in particular, was of immense interest. Methylglyoxal or MGO was found to be the driver for howpotent a harvest of Mānuka honey was.
If you're interested in trying pure Mānuka honey, it's important to choose the right MGO grade for your needs. With so many different grades and qualities of Mānuka honey available, it can be difficult to know which PURITI Mānuka honey is best for you - here's what you need to know to make the right choice.
Understanding the MGO Rating of Mānuka Honey
All genuine Mānuka honey products will showcase their MGO rating as a measurement of the concentration of methylglyoxal. This naturally occurring compound found in Mānuka honey was first discovered by Kiwi biochemist Peter Molan in the early 1980s. It was subsequently concluded that the higher the MGO rating, the higher the concentration of methylglyoxal, which would increase the potency and rarity of that specific honey.
Mānuka honey is commonly rated on a scale from 80mg/kg and can reach concentrations well over 1000mg/kg. Mānuka honey variations that areover 1000 MGO are considered to be exceptionally rare and are often reserved for those who consider themselves honey connoisseurs. If you're looking for a Mānuka honey with strong potent properties, it's best to choose a product with an MGO rating of at least 400mg/kg - like PURITI’s UMF™12+ MGO 400 Mānuka Honey.
How Pure Is Genuine Mānuka Honey?
It's important to choose a Mānuka honey that is of high quality and purity. This is why PURITI can give you the confidence you are buying exactly that. It’s never a case of sometimes getting a good jar of Mānuka honey - with PURITI, exceedingly high standards are our benchmark.
To ensure that you're getting a high-quality product, look for a Mānuka honey that is certified by a reputable organisation, such as the Unique Mānuka Factor Honey Association (UMF™HA). The UMF™tag is a symbol that is widely recognised across the world as the gold standard for Mānuka honey authentication. What does MGO have to do with UMF™, exactly? Well, MGO represents one of the four key drivers for gaining a UMF™grade.
When you grab a jar of PURITI’s exceptional Mānuka honey, you’ll see that both the MGO and UMF grades are visible at the front. While both will indicate the rarity and potency of the honey, we believe in providing our customers with all the information they need to make their best judgement as to which honey will benefit them the most. How Should You Use Mānuka Honey?
The intended use of Mānuka honey is also an important factor to consider. If you're using honey for its unique properties, a higher MGO rating may be necessary. However, if you're using honey for natural sugar-alternative purposes, a lower MGO rating may be sufficient - especially for gourmet cooking/baking.
Ultimately, the best Mānuka honey for you will depend on your personal preferences and needs. If you prefer sweeter honey, you may prefer a lower MGO rating, while those who prefer a stronger, more earthy and distinct flavour may prefer a higher MGO rating.
There are several methods to use pure Mānuka honey to your benefit; these include:
Culinary: Mānuka honey is commonly used as a sweetener in recipes, such as marinades, dressings, baked goods, and more.See our recipes on the PURITI website for more information.
Skincare: Mānuka honey is a humectant and has been suggested to have moisturising properties, making it a popular ingredient in skincare products, such as face masks and moisturisers.
Health and wellness: Mānuka honey is known for its soothing properties, particularly for sore throats. The consistency of the honey is perfect for relieving an uncomfortable throat.
Beauty: Mānuka honey has even had reports of showing some benefits when being applied to blemish-prone skin.
Choosing the right Mānuka honey can be a challenge, but by understanding the MGO rating, quality and purity, intended use, and personal preferences, you can make an informed decision that meets your needs. Whether you're using Mānuka honey for its luxurious flavour profile or for its natural sugar-alternative benefits, be sure to choose from the premium UMF™-certified Mānuka honey products at PURITI.
PURITI Can Provide You With 100% Pure New Zealand Mānuka Honey
At PURITI, we produce sensational, creamy and untouched UMF™-certified Mānuka honey that exceeds all requirements to guarantee purity and potency. EachMānuka honey product we sell exceeds the minimum leptosperin and MGO concentrations set by UMF™HA. As a result, consumers can buy from PURITI confidently, knowing that we are only selling 100% genuine New Zealand Mānuka honey.
In the realm ofgenuine Mānuka honey, this variety holds immense significance, and at PURITI, we understand its importance better than anyone. For years, raw Mānuka honey has captivated both scientists and the general public, thanks to its unique properties and limited availability, making it a highly sought-after commodity that screams nothing short of pure luxury.