WHAT IS MANUKA HONEY?
Learn about the taste, strength and research behind Australian bioactive Manuka Honey.
It’s easy look past tried-and-true combos, but Weetbix, honey and milk is an iconic Aussie breakfast for good reason! Simply crush into a bowl, top with milk, yoghurt and a squeeze of Capilano Manuka honey and you’ve got a breakfast of champions…with an extra buzz!
Tea, coffee, chai, matcha – you name it, Manuka will give it an extra dose of goodness. Just squeeze.
One bite of the fetta, chilli and manuka combination on your regular avo toast and you’ll be coming back for a second slice….
Nothing says comfort like a big bowl of warming porridge. Enjoy the classic taste of creamy oats with a big squeeze of nature’s sweet superfood, Aussie Manuka Honey to kick off your day with a buzz.
Create a new healthy routine with a squeeze of Capilano Manuka Honey into a glass of warm water with zingy lemon slices. This refreshing to start to the morning will keep you hydrated and energised for the morning rush!
Create the ultimate spoonful of goodness with this garlic, ginger and Capilano Manuka Honey cough syrup. A trusty, natural home remedy for sore throat relief, that harnesses the antimicrobial and health-supporting benefits of our Aussie Manuka.
You’re already loading up your smoothie with natural ingredients full of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Why not add a bioactive boost of Manuka honey, with our MGO300+ Manuka Honey!
Get a jump start on your morning with this prep-ahead wonder, packed with almond butter, quinoa, rolled oats and bioactive Manuka honey. Something to look forward to, to activate your day in the tastiest way! Get the recipe.
This health shot combines the nourishing and bioactive benefits of Manuka honey, cinnamon and bitter apple cider vinegar with “the Mother” (a living mixture of friendly bacteria, minerals and enzymes). The result is a natural health shot and tasty home remedy for feeling your best. Get the recipe.
Treat yourself to the skin soothing properties of Manuka honey in this delightful home made Manuka body scrub. Why not make a cup of Manuka and lemon ginger tea and enjoy an at some spa experience.
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.