Discover New Zealand’s Finest Honey

About Manuka Honey

What is Mānuka Honey?

After bees have collected the unique nectar from the Manuka flower, the bees transform this nectar into the iconic golden viscous Manuka honey we all know too well. Unlike any other country, New Zealand has a formal, scientific definition of Manuka honey as administered by the New Zealand Government’s regulator - the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).

Manuka honey can separate itself from other honey’s based on physical features alone. The taste, colour and viscosity are all unique within the purest of New Zealand Manuka honey. At the chemical level, Manuka honey is identified by three unique signature components: Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), Methylglyoxal (MGO) and Leptosperin.

Manuka honey is a natural sweetener and contains fewer calories than refined sugars like sucrose. Also present are many amino acids which contribute to the building of protein within the body. In addition, B vitamins are also measured within Manuka honey which assists in the release of energy from food.

Finally, calcium, iron, potassium and zinc are included in Manuka honey’s complex composition. These elements work towards fortifying bones, teeth, red blood cells, heart muscle, wound healing, and processing macronutrients from food.

Understanding Mānuka Honey

More than a lower-calorie sweetener, Manuka honey is a complex superfood containing abundant nutrients and minerals suggested to support overall health. With around four times the mineral content of other honey, Manuka honey comfortably sits on the throne over all other types of honey.

A clean and green environment like New Zealand is the perfect locality to have Manuka honey produced and harvested. With low levels of air pollution and ample sun exposure, Manuka plants have high levels of antioxidants and polyphenolic compounds to protect themselves from the intense sun. These same compounds are present in the honey and add to the overall nutritional value.

Each Manuka honey product from PURITI comes UMF™ certified. The UMF™ grading system assesses the unique signature compounds characteristic of Manuka honey which ensure purity and quality. These include the three key markers:

Leptosperin - Solely found in Manuka flower nectar, used to differentiate from other honey
Methylglyoxal (MGO) - Fuels the unique properties of Manuka honey and primarily drives the UMF™ rating
Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) - Within the nectar of the Manuka flower and converts to MGO through the production process.

Initially identified as the components giving Manuka honey its unique antibacterial properties, the UMF™ rating is directly linked to the MGO present.

PURITI exceeds the prescribed standards to ensure MGO levels are higher than industry UMF™ requirements for every product. Each batch is independently lab tested to guarantee only the highest quality of traceable Manuka honey is produced.

Uses & Benefits

Frequently Asked Questions About Manuka Honey

Monofloral honey produced from the nectar of New Zealand's native Manuka tree. It is often purchased as an alternative to natural remedy or traditional medicine.

Manuka honey has proven antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits when used or applied topically to the skin. In fact, it has a long anecdotal history of medicinal use and has traditionally been used for wound healing, soothing sore throats, preventing tooth decay, joint pain, improving digestive issues and more.

When feeling cold or flu symptoms, many people choose to take one teaspoon of Manuka honey 3-4 times a day. Unique properties (anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral) have been identified and found in genuine Manuka products, soothing sore throats and giving relief to other symptoms.

Unique Manuka Factor

UMF is a registered quality mark identifying Manuka honey that has the special natural property found only in some strains. The UMF grading system appraises the natural markers found in Manuka honey and assures purity and quality. UMF is one of a number of different grading systems adopted throughout the world. It is highly regarded and one of the most recognisable and well-known measures.

MGO stands for the natural chemical methylglyoxal, sometimes referred to as MG. Methylglyoxal is the naturally occurring compound found and identified in genuine New Zealand Manuka honey.

An extensive industry consultation was performed prior to the end of 2017 and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) made its decision on the scientific definition of Manuka honey. It states that four chemical markers from nectar and one DNA marker from Manuka pollen must be at a certain level to meet overseas export requirements. Rules were to apply from February 5th, 2018. PURITI decided to voluntarily apply these standards to their products sold in New Zealand as well.

PURITI also decided to raise the bar over and above the MPI Manuka Honey Science Definition. The pass mark for all 4 chemical markers is set considerably higher for all PURITI products.

Manuka Honey Medical Scientific Studies

Manuka honey has been the subject of numerous scientific studies at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, Cardiff in the UK and many other centres of study around the world. It is still being studied by scientists in New Zealand and around the world on an ongoing and continuous basis. Many in the medical and scientific community believe that we have only scratched the surface of Manuka honey use and capability. The processes involved are long and complex. Many within the scientific community believe that major advances in our understanding of Manuka honey will be achieved over the next decade.

Here are a few references (links) to some of the scientific studies that have been done to date.

For more information on scientific research being done in New Zealand, go to the Waikato University Research Commons and do a search for Manuka Honey.

  • UMF 20+ MGO 850 MANUKA HONEY
    Puriti Premium Pure Raw Manuka Honey UMF 20+ 120g 0.55 lb Jar
    UMF 20+
    Regular price
    from $89.99
    Discounted Price
    from $89.99
    Regular price
    Unit price
    per 
    Sold Out
  • GRAND CRU PREMIER RESERVE UMF 31+ MGO 1722 MANUKA HONEY
    Puriti Raw Manuka Honey Grand Cru Premier Reserve UMF 31+ jar packaged in a special case
    UMF 31+
    Regular price
    $1,999.00
    Discounted Price
    $1,999.00
    Regular price
    Unit price
    per 
    Sold Out
  • UMF 18+ MGO 700 MANUKA HONEY
    Puriti Premium Pure Raw Manuka Honey UMF 18+ 250g 8.8oz Jar, set amongst a cheese board with condiments
    UMF 18+
    Regular price
    from $68.99
    Discounted Price
    from $68.99
    Regular price
    Unit price
    per 
    Sold Out
  • UMF 22+ MGO 1000 MANUKA HONEY
    Puriti Premium Pure Raw Manuka Honey UMF 22+ 250g 8.8 oz Jar
    UMF 22+
    Regular price
    $249.99
    Discounted Price
    $249.99
    Regular price
    Unit price
    per 
    Sold Out