A jar of New Zealand Honey Co. Raw Manuka Honey UMF 15+ is nothing short of a miracle of nature.
Thousands of bees will have fed off the nectar of the manuka tree in remote locations in the Central Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island and then worked their magic to turn the nectar into manuka honey.
The New Zealand Honey Co. produces a range of manuka honey that have a varying level of MGO. This UMF 15+ with an MGO level of 514+ is at the slightly purer end of the spectrum.
The UMF label is a scheme run by the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA), which has been pioneering research into testing the unique markers that are present in manuka honey.
The label is therefore important to shoppers who want to be sure that they are getting what they pay for as the label indicates that New Zealand Honey Co. is a member of the UMFHA and furthermore that the honey has been independently tested.
The testing guidelines are fairly complex, but in their essence the honey needs to be tested to ensure it contains these naturally occurring markers such as Leptosperin and Methylglyoxal (MGO).
Manuka honey is probably the most researched honey in the world and this is understandable given its unusual antibacterial properties.
However, the other reason why manuka honey is so prized is for the simple reason that it tastes amazingly delicious.
Describing the taste can be a challenge because it is a curious mixture of what some describe as herbs and caramel with a texture like soft fudge. But once you taste it, you will be back for more.
This New Zealand Honey Co. Raw Manuka Honey UMF 15+ is a special product and is worth savouring down to the last teaspoonful.
(In general, doctors recommend that children below the age of one do not consume honey of any variety).