Copy of FAQs
- Which Manuka Honey should I buy? Which MG level?
Great question. All of our Manuka Honeys have high levels of the naturally occurring dietary methylglyoxal (MG or MGO) that gives Manuka Honey its wellness benefits. We generally recommend our 350+MG honey as a good daily wellness supplement, and our 550+MG honey if you're looking to treat a specific digestive health issue, such as acid reflux or stomach ulcer.
- How much Manuka honey should I consume? What is the recommended dosage?
There is a lot of research around the wellness properties, and potential health benefits of Manuka honey. Most of this research has been lab based in-vitro studies vs. case studies or human trials. Therefore, we can’t make a dosage recommendation for any particular condition that is supported by evidence based science. Our general advice based on personal experience, and anecdotal evidence is to 1-2 teaspoons per day, and see how you are responding.
- What makes Manuka honey unique, or where does it come from?
Manuka honey is produced when bees collect the nectar of the flowering Manuka tree, which is native to, and mainly grows in New Zealand. High levels of the naturally occurring organic compound Methylglyoxal (MG) found in Manuka honey set it apart from other honey types. Extensive research has been conducted on high MG Manuka honey for a variety of wellness properties and potential health benefits.
- How can you be sure the bees are collecting Manuka nectar, and not other floral types?
The hives are placed in remote areas surrounded by Manuka trees. The timing of placement of the hives, and removal is carefully done to coincide with the flowering of the Manuka. The real test though is in the label after extraction when the MG level is determined. The higher the MG level, the purer the Manuka honey collected that season, by that group of hives.
- Does a special bee make Manuka honey?
No, there are two main honey bees used commercially the world over, the Italian and the Carniolan. We use both in our operations.
- Why do you use glass jars?
We think honey tastes better out of a glass jar, and we want the beautiful color of the honey to be visible. We like that the jar is reusable, so it is a more sustainable packaging approach. The jars are heavier, which increases our shipping costs somewhat, and there is risk of breakage, which we take a lot of care to mitigate. In the end, we think this extra cost and effort is worth it.
- What does a UMF rating mean? Why don’t you use a UMF rating
UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor, and is a trademark system of the UMF association. The UMF rating directly correlates with the Methylglyoxal test results, so it is effectively a lookup table against the MG test. Joining the UMF association is expensive for smaller brands, and the association is heavily influenced by one of the large corporate brands in New Zealand. We’ve never found the value of joining to be worth the cost. We work hard to keep our honey as affordable for our consumers as possible.
- Does Manuka honey taste good?
Ours tastes great! A lot of Manuka has a bit of a strong taste or bite to it, and a bit of an after taste. We have had many New Zealanders tell us our Manuka honey is the best they have ever had. We attribute the great taste to the micro-climate in Taranaki, the only region we produce honey from. The Manuka in Taranaki flowers in Jan-Feb, which is later than the rest of New Zealand. We think the long hot summer days help the Manuka tree produce a sweeter nectar resulting in a much better tasting honey.
- Can you put Manuka honey into a hot drink? Will heating it affect its properties?
Yes, we recommend for tea that you steep your tea for the normal 3-5 min, then add your honey after that. Putting Manuka honey directly into boiling water can start to impact the MG level and the health benefits. So if you are heating to de-crystallize, or get a consistency to drizzle on yogurt, just do so gently.
- How do you like to eat your Manuka honey?
I like mine in tea, or on toast. My wife prefers a big heaping teaspoon straight from the jar. It is great drizzled on yogurt or can be used in a host of different recipes from salad dressing to banana bread. Lots of recipes on our website.
- What activity level should I buy?
For general health & wellness applications, anything greater than a UMF 12+ (350+ MG) will work great. Other specific health issues you are trying to treat might respond better to a 500+MG (15+UMF).
- How is Bees & Trees Honey tested & labeled?
We use both Hill Laboratories and Analytica Laboratories, the two main independent labs in New Zealand. We report our actual MG results on our jar.
- How do you like to eat your Manuka honey?
I like mine in tea, or on toast. My wife prefers a big heaping teaspoon straight from the jar. It is great drizzled on yogurt or can be used in a host of different recipes from salad dressing to banana bread.