Honey Info

WHAT’S IN OUR HONEY AND HOW IT IS TESTED

We carefully select our sites to ensure our bees forage solely on the pristine native New Zealand bush that flowers each season. This means that our bees and the honey they produce are untouched by sprays or dangerous chemicals. But we don’t want you to just take our word for it, we want to be able to guarantee it and ensure our customers are receiving the high-quality pure honey they are paying for so each season all of our honey is tested at an independent MPI approved laboratory for traces of the following compounds:

THE 5 ATTRIBUTES

Honey can only be certified as Mānuka when it meets the MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries) 5 attributes. Once a honey is verified as Mānuka it then undergoes a second set of tests to determine whether it is monofloral Mānuka or multifloral Mānuka.

The science of Mānuka is fascinating and if you want to know more about the 5 attributes and the details of testing check out the Ministry for Primary Industries official website.

CERTIFIED & RATINGS

Once a honey is certified as Mānuka the lab performs another set of tests to verify the exact activity level or strength of the honey.

For more details on how the activity of each batch of Mānuka is verified, check out the following website:

Essentially, the strength of Mānuka honey is rated in two different ways – Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) or Methylglyoxal (MGO) levels. Both are a measurement of the antibacterial activity of Mānuka honey and are reliable ratings used to classify the activity of certified Mānuka honey.

See the table for a comparison of the two measurements

"Darker Layer On Top"

You may notice that your Nahana honey separates sometimes and gets a darker layer on top.