Manuka Honey

Australia's sundrenched, rugged country produces some of the most active Manuka in the world. Our iconically warmer climate and wider variety of Manuka blossoms gives Aussie Manuka honey a sweeter, smoother taste.

What is Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey comes from the Leptospermum tree. This tree is native to Australia and New Zealand, and the indigenous people from both countries have used Manuka for its healing properties for centuries.

These healing properties have more recently been a focus for many clinical studies. Now that the value of Manuka is understood around the world, Manuka Honey is enjoyed by families as a natural source of vitality. Read more over on our   FAQs page

Australian Manuka vs. NZ Manuka

Rugby, pavlova, Russell Crowe… we Aussies love to get competitive with our neighbours across the ditch. But the rivalry we care most about at Capilano is: who produces the best Manuka Honey?

Well, for starters, Australia has 85 species of Leptospermum. New Zealand only has only one, which was believed to have originated from Australia. This means Australia can produce Manuka honey with the same or, in some cases, more activity than Manuka from New Zealand. Research out of the University of Technology, Sydney backs this up.

You can learn more about the history of Australian Manuka here and the latest Australian Manuka honey fact sheet can be found here

Manuka Honey ratings explained

The activity level, or strength, of Manuka Honey can be rated using several different measurements.

Unique Manuka Factor® (UMF®) is used to rate Manuka Honey that has been produced in New Zealand, while methylglyoxal (MGO) and non-peroxide activity (NPA) measurements are typically used globally. UMF® historically was based on the NPA activity as measured by bioassays, but has recently been updated to reflect the significance of MGO, in line with leading Australian research.

Capilano uses the MGO ratings to identify the activity level in our Manuka Honeys through independent testing. MGO is the bioactive chemical that directly relates to the antibacterial activity in the honey. The approximate relationship between the MGO concentration and the NPA/UMF® antibacterial strength rating of Manuka honey is demonstrated in the table below. We also have a written a helpful article with further information. 

MGO RatingNPA EquivalentUMF® Equivalent
MGO 30+2.7+N/A
MGO 85+5+5+ 
MGO 100+6+6+ 
MGO 250+10+10+ 
MGO 300+11+11+ 
MGO 400+13+13+ 
MGO 550+16+16+ 
MGO 850+20+20+ 

Australian Manuka Mark of Authenticity

Developed by Australia's leading Manuka scientists, the Australian Manuka 'Mark of Authenticity' and 'Mark of Authority' can only be displayed by producers, packers, retailers and exporters who have met strict independent testing criteria on their Manuka honey.

To give customers confidence that they are buying quality tested 100% Australian Manuka honey, The Australian Manuka Honey Association has developed a new, revolutionary industry standard that requires Australian Manuka must be independently tested by a registered laboratory to ensure Methylglyoxal (MGO) and Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is present in the honey.

Every batch of Capilano Manuka is tested for integrity and activity. We are independently audited and abide by a strict criteria, which enables us to proudly display the Mark of Authenticity and Mark of Authority (MoA) on every pack of our Aussie Manuka. Learn more about the MoA here.

Our range of Manuka Honey

Capilano’s 100% Australian Active Manuka honey is one of nature’s premium superfoods, known for its deliciously rich flavour and unique bioactive properties.

Australia produces some of the most potent, best tasting manuka honey in the world due to our warmer climate and number of Leptospermum varieties.

Hand collected by local beekeepers in our pristine natural environment, Capilano Manuka is naturally rich in Methylglyoxal (MGO), the key component attributed to the unique activity of Manuka honey.

Each batch is independently tested to guarantee its MGO levels - the higher the MGO number, the more potent the honey’s activity.

Capilano Manuka Honey Nutritional Information

Avg Quantity Per Serve Per 100g
Energy 212kJ 1416kJ
Protein 0.05g 0.3g
Fat - Total 0g 0g
- Saturated 0g 0g
- Trans 0g 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg
Carbohydrate 12.5g 83.1g
- Sugars* 12.4g 82.5g
Sodium 2.3mg 15mg

*Sugars naturally occurring in honey.

Ingredients: 100% Australian Active Manuka honey sourced from Leptospermum trees.
Storage instructions: Store below 25 degrees Celsius.

Where to buy Capilano Manuka Honey

Please contact us to find your closest distributor. 

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