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Most frequently asked questions about Manuka Honey

What is Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is a special kind of honey that comes from the Manuka flower nectar gathered by the bees in New Zealand. Manuka is a Maori word that refers to the flower that grows on both New Zealand’s North and South Islands. The Maori were the first to discover the Manuka shrub which is related to the Tea Tree plant and has a very short annual bloom making it rare and highly sought after. Manuka honey is a completely natural, holistic, bio-available and biodegradable product.

Is Manuka honey related to the Tea Tree in Australia?

Yes, Manuka Honey originates from the Manuka bush (Tree), which is in the same family as the Melaleuca in Australia, otherwise known as Tea Tree, both of which are world renowned. Simply research the benefits of Manuka Honey online and on valid scientific websites that could provide a wealth of information.

Can I find Manuka growing in other countries?

Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand from the nectar of Manuka flowers. Manuka is an indigenous Maori word, therefore it is native to New Zealand. Being a part of the Leptospermum scoparium variety, the Australian “Jelly Bush” honey should just be called precisely that, as it typically produces a honey that is noticeably different in taste and texture from New Zealand Manuka. However, despite these differences, the Australians can technically call their jelly bush honey Manuka because they are related through the Genus Leptospermum. There are approximately 150 varieties of Leptospermum in existence that are not all related to the Tea Tree, nor do ALL the varieties originate from New Zealand however true Manuka has not been found to grow anywhere other than New Zealand.

How should I enjoy Manuka Honey?

Manuka Honey can be taken by the heaping teaspoonful several times a day depending on your need. Generally a teaspoon is taken daily, at least half an hour before any food or you can simply enjoy as you would any other honey: with breakfast, paired with cheese or other food, in smoothies, pre, post and during workouts, DIY beauty masks and so much more, check out our recipes page for ideas.

Can I mix the raw honey with a hot drink?

Although the naturally occurring properties of our product remain stable under heat, light or cold conditions, for optimal use, we recommend enjoying it raw as it’s packed. However, we know many people love adding our Manuka to their tea so go ahead and enjoy it any way that best suits your lifestyle.

How do I store my Wedderspoon Manuka honey once it has been opened?

Manuka honey should be stored in a cool, dry place.

What is the difference between the KFactor™ ranges?

KFactor™ 12 guarantees that at least 65% of the pollen grains in Wedderspoon’s Manuka honey are Manuka pollen grains.

KFactor™ 16 guarantees that at least 75% of the pollen grains in Wedderspoon’s Manuka honey are Manuka pollen grains.

Kfactor™ 22 guarantees that at least 90% of the pollen grains in Wedderspoon’s Manuka honey are Manuka pollen grains.

I am monitoring my carbohydrate intake. How can I include the Manuka honey in a low carb diet?

Honey is a natural product unlike white refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. Many alternative diets still allow for the use of honey because of this. One tablespoon (21g) of honey contains 17g of carbohydrates.

I know Manuka Honey is great for adults and children above 1 year of age. Can I give it to an infant aged younger than 12 months?

NO! Infants under 12 months of age do not have a fully developed immune system yet, so they should not be given any kind of honey to eat. Infant botulism is a rare, but serious paralytic disease caused by the spores of a bacterial microorganism, Clostridium botulinum. These spores can germinate, grow and produce toxins in the lower bowel of some infants and even with pasteurization (sterilization) the spores CANNOT be killed! Older children and adults are normally able to ingest the spores without any harm.