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What is Manuka Honey

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Manuka Honey comes from the native Manuka shrub (Leptospermum scoparium) in New Zealand that has been growing wild in this pristine rugged landscape for over 80 million years. Due to the unique isolation of New Zealand, the flora and fauna has developed in a unique way over the millions of years. The native Manuka shrub (Leptospermum scoparium) grows from a shrub into a large tree. Over the years, Manuka honey has become best known for its unique bio-active compounds. The Maori already used the Manuka Shrub because of its unique properties. Thomas Cook introduced the first honey bees to New Zealand in 1839. The unique properties of Manuka Honig have been known for years, but why it is so unique was only discovered in 2006.

Manuka Honey is unique because of its naturally high levels of Methylglyoxal (MGO).


Manuka Honey is one of the honey species that has been extensively researched and praised for its unique bio-active properties. Leptospermum scoparium flowers twice a year and Manuka Honey is harvested from the beehives for only a few weeks a year. Because Manuka Honey contains a very wide spectrum of very unique natural compounds, it is a very unique honey that has special properties.

Leptospermum scoparium

Known in New Zealand as a very rigid shrub / tree, Leptospermum scoparium has been used by the Maori for a variety of uses for centuries.

Methylglyoxal (MGO)

Methylglyoxal (MGO) occurs naturally in Manuka Honey, but was unknown until 2006. Professor Thomas Henle discovered this by accident and after years of much scientific research, Methylglyoxal (MGO) is now the measurement standard of the MPI as the essential compound in Manuka Honey. Methylglyoxal (MGO) is formed from DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) and can vary greatly per hive.

Peter Molan & Thomas Henle

Peter Molan discovered that Manuka Honey has a unique effect. However, in 2006 Professor Thomas Henle made the groundbreaking discovery of Methylglyoxal (MGO) at the Dresden University of Technology.

Manuka New Zealand – MGO Warranty

Manuka New Zealand guarantees the unique quality of its monofloral MGO Manuka Honingen and is recognizable by the Manuka New Zealand logo and the gold MGO guarantee indication.

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