Honey is known as a ‘Superfood’, and it’s not hard to see why. High in carbohydrates with unique chemical properties, honey has been used and consumed for centuries by every culture on the planet. Human use of honey is traced to some 8000 years ago as depicted by Stone Age paintings. Ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans all left records of their use of honey.
As incredible as honey is, there is a certain type of honey that takes all of this to an even a higher level; manuka honey. Derived from the Leptospermum species, manuka honey has been lauded by indigenous Maori for generations but it wasn’t until the 1980’s when it gained global recognition and appeal. Dr. Peter Molan, MBE researched the unique properties of manuka honey at Waikato University in New Zealand and discovered that it has an extraordinary natural compound called methylglyoxal (MGO). This property is unique to Manuka honey and is not found in any other type of honey.
Different beehives produce different types of honey. If a hive is surrounded only by manuka plants, then the honey they produce will be a purer form of manuka honey. Luckily we can test the MGO content of the honey in the laboratory, and quantify the results.
This is called the Unique Manuka Factor rating, or UMF for short. It’s an independent grading system, used to categorise manuka honey, based on the non-peroxide MGO count. Basically, the higher the number, the purer the honey, and the better it is for you.
Run by the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA) there are fewer than one hundred companies licenced to use the UMF trademark, and BEE+ is proud to be one of them.
UMF® or Unique Manuka Factor has been given a clear graduated system to explain this antibacterial activity. UMF® is the registered name and trademark held by Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association or UMFHA.
We are licensed to use the UMF® trademark. License number 2037
To ensure our honey is of the highest quality and deserving of the UMF label, each batch is tested to the highest standards by an independent laboratory who adhere to the strict criteria of the UMF Honey Association.
The methods used by the UMF® Honey Association incorporate wide ranging scientific procedures recognised by certified laboratories around the world. Every batch of BEE+ honey is assessed and tested to maintain our high standards of quality and authenticity.
Like all UMF license holders, we are independently audited, holding us to the rigorous standards of manufacturing, sampling and handling of the Association. By exceeding these standards, BEE+ are able to label our manuka honeys with the respected UMF® trademark and symbol.
Our beehives are located in some of the most remote areas of New Zealand, safely away from any pollutants or pesticides. Our skilled beekeepers travel to these remote places and handle the process from start to finish with the utmost professionalism and expertise.