Why It’s So Good
New Zealand Māori have treasured the therapeutic and medicinal value of all things pertaining to the Manuka plant for centuries; but Mānuka honey is nature’s liquid gold. This raw bounty comes from the nectar of the Mānuka flower (Leptospermum Scoparium) which grows wild and freely deep within the untouched wilderness of New Zealand’s hillsides and coastlines.
Manuka honey is chemically more complex than most other honeys, which is why it's so amazing for your skin. A precious elixir of proteins, fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, Mānuka honey also contains naturally occurring antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial qualities found nowhere else- a highly beneficial trilogy of hydrogen peroxide, methylglyoxal (MGO) and dihydroxyacetone (DHA). In fact, New Zealand Mānuka honey contains over 2,000 individual compounds which is more than 20-fold higher than pasture honey such as clover.
In addition to the unique qualities it contains, Mānuka honey takes immense skill, planning and resources to harvest. Blocks of Mānuka bush all bloom at differing times, so the beekeepers need to figure out the best time to harvest, to make sure that only the purest Mānuka honey is collected.
Not only is collecting the honey challenging, but there is also a narrow window when the Manuka flowers are in bloom, only between 2 - 8 weeks per year, depending upon the season. As the Mānuka tree can be temperamental, weather conditions can greatly impact and limit the time that the Manuka flower is in bloom, making the season and total harvest very limited in years of poor weather. This even further reduces production harvest; hence it is a very rare commodity, adding to its reputation of liquid gold.