Manuka honey is quite rare on global markets and hence fetch a very high price from buyers all over the world. Manuka honey is a type of honey that is produced by European honey bees, but are produced by the nectar formed by the Manuka tree. The Manuka tree flower is a mono-flower which means that there are very few deposits of nectar in one flower.
- Preparing manuka honey is a relatively time consuming process and takes a lot longer to produce on average by honey bees.
- The honey bees involved in the process of Manuka honey making were originally brought in to the Island continents by European settlers in the past couple of centuries. Since the honey making process began, this type of honey is fairly recent.
- The honey was originally discovered on the island of New Zealand as the honey making trees are native to the land.
- The practice and trees were then exported to neighbouring Australia for further large scale and commercial production.
- Honey, in general, is a natural antioxidant and has anti-bacterial properties as well.
- The Manuka honey is credited for an even stronger form of antibacterial.
- Even though there is no conclusive evidence of Manuka honey being useful, it is still widely used in natural and home remedies for any ailments that may stem from the internal bacterial infection.
- It is commonly used as an anti-inflammation medicine and is also used as natural medicine to generate scar tissue at a faster rate.
Composition and medicinal uses
- Hydrogen Peroxide is the generic composition of most honey that is available in the market, however, Manuka honey has a few added chemical components and ingredients. Methylglyoxal is prevalent in all kinds of honey, but it is present in larger amounts in Manuka honey.
- Methylglyoxal is a very strong anti-bacterial used in several modern medicines as well.
- The larger amounts of this substance is what makes the honey so largely cherished.
- Manuka honey is a strong aromatic and mildly bitter flavoured honey. In many instances, it is also used as wound dressing on soars and leg ulcers.
Manuka Honey is a very special and quite rare form of honey available only in the island nations of New Zealand and Australia. The honey is known to be one of the richest dietary forms of honey, which is also one of the thickest and most viscous forms of honey commercially available.