WHAT IS MANUKA?
Learn about the taste, strength and research behind Australian bioactive Manuka Honey.
Create your own homemade cough syrup with bioactive Manuka honey, zesty lemon and thyme leaves. A jar of this natural home remedy is a must-have for when a scratchy throat strikes – plus you get to benefit from the naturally occurring minerals, trace elements, vitamins, polyphenols, proteins and enzymes Manuka has to offer.
There are so many ways to enjoy the taste and widely studied health benefits of Capilano Manuka Honey, including in this vibrant, uplifting wellness shot. Blend sweet manuka, zesty lemon and zingy ginger for a quick and tasty sore throat soother.
A cup of sweet elixir is a refreshing way to kick-start your day. With the natural benefits of citrus, earthy turmeric and bioactive Manuka Honey, this soothing, potent and naturally healing superfood blend is perfect for relieving sore and scratchy throats.
Manuka honey is produced by bees that have foraged on the flowers of Leptospermum trees, native to Australia and New Zealand. While New Zealand has just one variety of Leptospermum, Leptospermum scoparium, Australia is home to over 80 species of Leptospermum, which contributes to the smooth, pleasing flavour of Aussie Manuka. Manuka honey has been used by native Australian and Māori cultures for thousands of years, and today is a widely researched honey prized for its healthy supporting properties.
Some types of Manuka honey are what we call ‘active’ and have higher antibacterial properties than regular table honey. This is thanks to a component in Manuka honey called methylglyoxal (MGO). MGO comes from an organic compound in the nectar of some Leptospermum trees called dihydroxyacetone (DHA). It is worth noting that not all Manuka honey is considered ‘active’, so it’s important to check the label when purchasing Manuka honey.
The strength of Manuka honey is measured by its antibacterial activity. There are a number of measures used to show the antibacterial strength of Manuka honey with the the most common measures including:
The higher the number for each measure, the higher the antibacterial action. Read our Manuka Honey Strength Guide to learn more on this.
The key differences are geography and taste! Both Australia and New Zealand Manuka honey is produced from bees that have foraged Leptospermum trees. As Leptospermum trees produce various amounts of DHA there are various anti-bacterial strengths of Manuka honey. It doesn’t matter if the Leptospermum tree is located in Australia or New Zealand but rather how much DHA and MGO is found. Australian-sourced Manuka has a sweeter, smoother taste when compared to the typically medicinal-tasting New Zealand variety.
Active Manuka Honey is today prized for its health supporting properties, and has been widely studied for its antimicrobial, and wound healing effects. There are several studies available including the following.
Manuka honey has a bold, rich and complex flavour with notes of barley, herbs and a pleasant lingering aftertaste. Capilano Active Manuka Honey has a deliciously sweet, smooth flavour with no overpowering ‘medicine’ flavour, common in some Manuka honeys. This means our active Manuka honey is incredibly versatile an easy to enjoy by the spoon, or in drinks and recipes. We have a whole eBook dedicated to ways to enjoy Manuka honey in your daily drinks and recipes, which you can download here.
We can thank bees for the incredible health properties of honey. Australia is lucky to have some of the healthiest bees in the world.