Bees & Trees Journal

Articles, News, and Resources about Manuka Honey

We've updated our labeling to comply with recently released guidelines from the NZ government, Ministry for Primary Industries.  The new guidelines require only displaying the Methylglyoxal results vs. the old system where producers could either use the MG numbers or the various bio-active ratings (UMF for Unique Manuka Factor, NPA for Non-peroxide activity, etc.).  For years, the labs in New Zealand have been using the MG test as the means for determining the activity level of Manuka Honey.  All that has changed for us is how we display this information on the label.  On our web site, we'll continue to include the old ratings, while our customer's get used to the new system.  Post or e-mail if you have questions about this change, or anything more you'd like to know about Manuka honey in general or Bees & Trees Manuka Honey.

We have just started shipping from our batch 35, of our March 2013 harvest.  If you have read earlier posts, you know that Manuka honey is aged before it is sold, not unlike a fine wine.  We hand selected and carefully taste tested all of the 2013 harvest, and settled on this batch to put our label on.  This batch has lab tested at 480+ Methylglyoxal (MG), which equates to 14+ on the bio-activity scale.  Recent changes in New Zealand labeling requirements will have all honey switching over to the MG scale soon for consistency and higher fidelity in how Manuka Honey is represented.  This honey is the best tasting, smoothest / creamiest honey we have every put in a jar.  If you have liked our honey in the past, you will love the 2013 harvest.  If you already love our honey, you will want to buy a bunch of this year's harvest.  

Best honey on the planet - bold statement, we can back it up.  Manuka honey is in a class by itself and valued the world over for its special properties.  If it were coffee, it would be Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, but that analogy does not do justice to how special Manuka is within the world of honey.  Within the world of Manuka Honey no one can match our quality.  We are producing from the Taranaki Region, which produces the best tasting Manuka Honey in New Zealand.  Taranaki is to Manuka Honey as Bordeaux is to French wine.  And you don't have to take our word for it, just go to and type in our product code 32DK47 for an independent, scientifically defendable certificate of authenticity as to the location within New Zealand where this honey comes from.  Most other marketers of Manuka Honey buy in bulk from around the country, and blend the honey to achieve a desired activity level.  Nothing wrong with that, I guess, but then some people drink wine out of a cardboard box.  

The only way to get your Manuka Honey to be more raw, more natural, unblended, and unprocessed than buying it from us is to go to New Zealand and eat it out of the hive.  I'll be doing that in a couple of weeks as I head over to oversee the 2015 harvesting process.  Oh yeah, we also put our honey in a glass jar.  Why, well everything tastes better coming out of glass, and if you produced the best honey in the world, would you hide it in a brown plastic container?  

Honey Harvest 1 from Mike Everly on Vimeo.


We completed our harvest in New Zealand during March. I get a lot of questions about how we know we are getting Manuka honey in our hives. There are 3 or 4 parts to the answer (see FAQ page for more), one of which is depicted here as we separate Manuka honey from any native "bush" or other mixed floral types at harvest.

 Last May, I posted information on honey granulation.  At that time, we had a batch of honey that was a bit more coarsely granulated than our earlier batches.  Through further research and testing we have found the packing process can be a significant factor in how the honey "sets up" after packing.  The good news is the current batch that we are shipping has a much nicer finish, and is more consistent with our earlier batches.  We welcome customer feedback and hope you enjoy our honey in its natural raw state.  We want to provide it as close to the way the bees make it as possible.

I've posted a chart that provides the correlation between our honey's bioactivity rating, which we test as NPA or Non-Peroxide Activity to the other predominant scale of MGO or Methylglyoxal, which is stated in parts per million or ppm.

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  Why honey naturally granulates and how this might affect how you enjoy it.

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Researchers in Australia recently released findings as to the effectiveness of Manuka Honey in wound care treatment for fighting MRSA and other "Superbug" infections

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Cooking and entertaining site "McNack's" recipe features Bees & Trees Manuka Honey... 

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