How Can I Ensure That I'm Buying Genuine Mānuka Honey?

Buying premium, raw and pure Mānuka honey is such an exciting time; however, it’s vital you know what to look out for. Genuine Mānuka honey is actually a rare product, and only a handful of companies are able to promise 100% pure New Zealand Mānuka honey. While it might seem difficult to spot the real deal, Primal by Nature is here to give you a rundown on the key features to look out for. 

Primal by Nature prides itself on only selling raw monofloral Mānuka honey that has been harvested from some of the most isolated, clean and green regions in New Zealand. Making us your go-to Mānuka honey provider will give you the confidence to enjoy every spoonful of your velvety liquid gold. Nevertheless, this blog will explore the features, numbers and certifications that will give you the peace of mind of knowing that you’ve purchased genuine Mānuka honey. 


Look For “Monofloral” Mānuka Honey 

Monofloral honey is a term frequently thrown around the honey landscape. Monofloral Mānuka honey means honey that has been produced from one species of flower nectar. The Mānuka tree, or leptospermum scoparium is native to New Zealand and produces rare nectar, which honeybees then collect and take back to the hive and create New Zealand’s rarest honey. 

You may hear the term “multifloral” Mānuka honey; this refers to multiple species of flower nectar being used to make the honey. This variety is known for being a lot cheaper because it’s not as rare. There are far smaller concentrations of the unique ingredients typically in monofloral Mānuka honey. 

There are some Mānuka honey brands that will showcase the “pollen count” on the label. While this can indicate monofloral Mānuka honey, there are several other factors that play into determining pure Mānuka honey. 


Look for The “Made in New Zealand” Seal of Approval

As mentioned above, pure New Zealand Mānuka honey is a native substance, so any “Mānuka honey” not made in New Zealand will be considered not genuine. 

There are similar species of flowers in Australia which share similar characteristics as New Zealand’s variety. However, the New Zealand government (through the Ministry of Primary Industries) has created a scientific definition for what qualifies as raw monofloral Mānuka honey. 

See the MPI science definition of Mānuka honey here. 


Look for The MGO Concentration Listed On The Jar

Most reputable brands of monofloral Mānuka honey will place the MGO concentration on their jar labels. MGO concentrations are very important to buyers as it represents the level of unique ingredients within the Mānuka honey. Typically speaking, monofloral Mānuka honey is usually certified when the concentration is at 80mg/kg. 

Multifloral Mānuka honey will definitely have concentrations of MGO, but it will be minuscule compared to that of a monofloral product. Primal by Nature will always showcase the MGO level on the jar as we believe our customers should have the appropriate information readily available whenever they have a look at our fine selection of these raw gifts from nature. 

For more information on MGO, please read “What Is MGO in Mānuka Honey


Look for The UMF Certification And UMF Grade

The Unique Mānuka Factor or UMF™ is a certification for validating genuine monofloral Mānuka honey and considers far more than other systems. This method is the only quality and rating system that independently certifies the quality of all factors that makes New Zealand Mānuka honey unique. 

As mentioned above, many customers may be happy with MGO concentrations alone, as this biochemical has been highlighted to be potentially linked to unique antibacterial properties. Nevertheless, we like to reassure our customers that they are buying the very best quality Mānuka honey on the market. 

For more information on UMF, please read ‘Why Is UMF Mānuka Honey So Popular?


Primal by Nature - Sustainably Providing 100% Pure New Zealand Mānuka Honey 

Primal by Nature can deliver Mānuka honey from the rawest and primal regions in some of the most remote New Zealand locations. We are your one-stop shop for a sustainable and natural solution. Our Mānuka honey comes in a range of UMF™ strengths

All Primal by Nature Mānuka honey arrives at your door in recyclable glass jars regardless of the level of MGO or UMF™. We believe that our pure New Zealand Mānuka honey must be the best and should be available to consumers in the same eco-friendly packaging. 

Primal by Nature eliminates the confusion surrounding Mānuka honey UMF™ grading systems and standards. As a result, you will be made aware of the different grades and be confident in buying a product that reflects an environmentally conscious brand. 

Taking Mānuka honey to the next level, every Primal by Nature glass jar contains a potent primal burst of nature. To taste Mānuka honey of this stature is to embrace nature itself. So take a look at our extensive selection of Mānuka honey products and become one with nature. 

Written by Shehan Wijetillake
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