What is Manuka honey?

The term Manuka is commonly used worldwide to identify and market honey produced from bees that have foraged Manuka bushes. These plants are scientifically referred to as Leptospermum trees, that are native to Australian and New Zealand.  References to producing Manuka honey in Australia date back to as early as 1884

Capilano's Manuka honey is 100% Australian and may have a slightly different taste to the Manuka honey found in New Zealand, in fact Aussie Manuka has a much sweeter, smoother taste!

Our Manuka honey is also less processed that that from New Zealand. Manuka in New Zealand is traditionally whipped (a process we call “creamed”) and set into a semi-solid form due to the cold climate, as the honey will naturally crystallise in cold temperatures. At Capilano, we do not use this packing method for our Manuka range, mostly due to the warm Australian climate and the preference to minimise processing. This is why Capilano Manuka honey remains a liquid consistency. The species of tree commonly known as Manuka (a type of Tea Tree or leptospermum species) is found all over Australia and New Zealand and the honey does vary in colour, thickness and flavour - while still retaining its renowned therapeutic benefits. Our active Manuka honey is now known worldwide as a powerful antibacterial agent.

Our antibacterial Manuka honeys are independently tested using analytical methods to show the presence of antibacterial properties including:

  • NPA – Non Peroxide Activity
  • MGO – Methylglyoxal

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