We named our Manuka honey Bees & Trees to reflect the all natural aspect of our Manuka honey and how it is produced. New Zealand has a worldwide reputation as a "clean & green" place, and by world standards much of New Zealand has been only lightly touched by the impact of human development. Our Manuka honey is region specific, produced in Taranaki, which is on the west-central part of the North Island. The areas where we produce our Manuka honey are remote even by New Zealand standards. Much of the land either borders on, or is part of publicly owned native forest reserves.
Our Manuka honey has a wonderful sweet, buttery & bold taste. It is not as strong as some Manuka honey, and lacks the bite or strong aftertaste of some. The micro-climate in the Taranaki region contributes to the superior taste of our Manuka honey.
Our Manuka honey is region specific, and we produce all of the Manuka honey that we sell. We don't buy honey from other producers. We are not aiming to sell the most Manuka honey, just the best.
Our Manuka honey is raw and unprocessed. The bees make it, we extract it and pack it in glass jars, that's it. We avoid blending, pasteurizing, and other processing common in the industry. Our honey may have some variation in color and texture from batch to batch. Granulation of honey is natural and varies from batch to batch based on a number of factors related to the season. The way the bees make the honey is the way we give it to you. Our Manuka honey is packed in a glass jar with a wide opening for several reasons. Glass does not interact with food, you get only 100% pure Manuka honey from our jars. The wide opening allows you to enjoy every drop more easily, and glass shows off the beautiful color of our Manuka honey.
At Bees & Trees Manuka Honey, we make transparency and traceability hallmarks of our brand. We use independent labs to test and certify the level of dietary methylglyoxal (MG) in our honey, and we make those results available to you (see links below). The health and wellness benefits of Manuka honey are directly related to the concentration of MG, which is reported in mg/kg. Historically, we always have a batch that is in the range of 400-550 mg/kg of MG. This range is considered highly active Manuka honey, and will provide very good results for most health and wellness applications.
We also hire Oritain, a recognized global leader in the science of food source authentication, to verify the origin of our honey. High-value products like Manuka honey are at risk the world over from mislabeling or adulteration. We know exactly where our Manuka honey comes from, and thanks to the certification by Oritain, so do you. See www.oritain.com for details.
We've also implemented a tracking and traceability system that includes radio frequency (RFID) tags on all of our hives and honey boxes. These tags track our hives via GPS to the actual site where the honey is produced. When we say “hive-to-jar” we know the exact location of the hives that go into each batch. We work hard to make it easy for you to decide which brand of Manuka Honey to trust.