Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud, where our honey is crafted to perfection.

Over the years, Manuka honey has become a part of 'Kiwiana' and a treasured export we are all proud of. Zealandia Honey are harnessing this global love for honey and creating arguably the best honey in the world. We chat to the co-founders about their journey.

EPISODE NOTES

Unlike a lot of food companies that start with the goal of conquering the local NZ market, Zealandia Honey was born out of international demand for premium, native New Zealand honey. Co-founders Sri Govindaraju, Sunil Pinnamaneni and Robin de Gues are passionate about honey and believe that people can benefit not only from Mānuka honey but other types of New Zealand native honeys because of their high antioxidant and polyphenol content.

Zealandia don’t make their own honey. Instead, they collaborate with beekeepers across New Zealand, most of whom have been beekeeping for generations. Zealandia then tests all the honey at their ISO17025 certified laboratories where they test the quality, potency, authenticity and purity of the honey. 

“In the right conditions, honey can be matured like a whiskey or a fine wine. The amount of methylglyoxal (MGO) in the honey will increase. However, there are about 50 different variables that must all be exactly right, honey with a high MGO count is rarely harvested”, says Sunil. 

When Zealandia Honey was offered a high MGO honey for sale, they jumped at the chance. They then bottled this honey and created a batch of 120 bespoke jars, selling each for $3100. 

On the episode we talk about their high growth journey. Specifically, we talk about:

Links to the kiwi food cast of Zealandia Honey are here:

https://kiwi-foodcast.simplecast.com/episodes/crafting-premium-new-zealand-honey

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5tFb9375u7MknRnE9NEyUQ?si=VCPaOKI_ROKC0Onz-FrmBw

About Perzen Patel: https://www.podcasts.nz/kiwifoodcast/

“You better watch out,
You better not cry,
You better not pout,
I'm telling you why!
🎅 is coming to town”

Did you just sing this along with me? I bet you did! Every Christmas my heart pounds to meet Santa Claus! Christmas has always been about surprises or decorating the very famous Christmas tree🎄 with tinsels, wrapping lights and beautifying it with dangling stars, angels and bulbs.

Christmas gifts wrapped

We are not far away from Christmas and carols🎸🎼 have already made their way to my house while the city is bustling with shopping deals and kids are prepping for their skits. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year⭐. It’s not just a festival but a season that brings immense joy and the heart aches for more when it’s all over.

Girl on the street staring at the Christmas lights

Christmas for me, however has been very different from what it means to others. It’s different from just welcoming it as a holiday season or kissing under mistletoe or even fantasizing the mythical creatures like Rudolf guiding Santa’s Sleigh. I’m not here to bust any myths but to share a very personal experience of Christmas. It hails from the Biblical story of the birth of Jesus Christ and how he dwelt on earth for the well-being of others. And that has been “My Christmas”. A question I ought to ask myself each year - what am I going to do for others this year?🎁

Girl with Santa Cap gift wrapping

I love being a Santa🎅 to people and especially to my near and dear ones and to the less fortunate too. I’ve found an answer to my question this year. I’d be a Santa who doesn’t distribute chocolates but a healthy natural sweetener instead. This year Santa’s surprise will be the gift of a honey jar 🍯. Zealandia Honey, crafts premium quality Manuka Honey and offers Christmas deals that makes it affordable to gift.

Zealandia Manuka Honey

Today I urge you all to be a Santa to others – A Santa who possesses magical powers: Power to keep others fit and healthy. Gifting🎁 can get pricey especially when you’re gifting it to many. Zealandia Honey has Manuka Honey Sachets that are reasonably priced. Have you checked it out already? What a perfect sweet to gift this historic Christmas🍯.

Zealandia Honey Sachets

Being a brand new member of Team Zealandia Honey, I’m astonished and awestruck with the range of pretty cool merchandise they have👕. My first thought was, how can a honey brand have products like a cap, tee, tee dress or even a hoodie? So bizarre but trust me, they are quality products with a sophisticated look. How awesome is it to go around with a nature friendly product!

Beeswax food wrap from Zealandia Honey

But to be honest, what really caught my attention was the bee wax wrap. Like me, many of you may not know much about it. Bee wax food wraps are an alternative to cling wraps. They are eco-friendly products crafted by our very friendly NZ bees🐝 and they help in keeping the food fresh and healthy. I have been using them for a while now and they work like magic! You must try it and share your story with us.

Holding a wrapped gift

So yes, Zealandia Honey is a honey brand🍯 that can give you a lot more than just honey! It’s the best Christmas gift for your mom, partner, friends, relatives or it could be a good Secret Santa gift🎁. I won’t be surprised if you land up buying something for yourself too J but why not! Be your own Santa too. Ho! Ho!🎅

Hop on to our website and avail offers or checkout some special Christmas pricing deals at https://christmas.zealandiahoney.com.

And Hey! Guess What!

I’ve been a Santa already - to all of you this year 🎅

& yeah

THE BEE’S ARE SWAYING TO YOUR SANTA BEATS!🐝

Christmas deals and discounts

Many of us often wonder what those crystals in a honey jar are. Some of us think the honey is of poor quality, has gone off or is contaminated. Since it looks quite unattractive and unfavorable, it gets thrown away thinking it is spoiled. What if we tell you you’re wrong? Let us answer some of the most common questions in a very scientific yet simplest way.

What is Crystallized Honey? Is it good or bad?

Crystallized honey in a spoon and jar
Crystallized Honey

Crystallization in honey is a natural process. Honey has a tendency to crystallize over time with no effect on the honey other than changing external features like texture and color to an extent. So you can decrystallize your honey and consume it without thinking twice.

Why does honey crystallize?

The two parameters that influence the crystallization in honey are -

  1. The glucose + fructose ratio
  2. Temperature
Crystallized honey on a finger
Take a closer look at the honey crystals

Honey is made of natural sugars. It typically contains at least 75% sugar and 25% water. So honey naturally has more sugar in water than it can fully dissolve. The overabundance of sugar in honey makes it unstable to an extent.

The two types of sugar found in honey are glucose and fructose. Glucose has less ability to dissolve than fructose. Glucose separates out from the water and remains as crystals in honey. The crystallized honey has a paler/ lighter color than when in liquid state.

How long does it take for honey to crystallize?

Beekeeper with a frame harvesting honey
Harvesting Honey by our Beekeeper

Different types of honey crystallize at different rates. In some, crystallization begins straight after harvest (process of extracting honey from the hive), within 1-2 months, and some take longer like 2 years after harvest. The faster the honey crystallizes, the smaller and finer the crystals will be. If the crystallization occurs over a longer period of time, they’re more likely to be larger and grittier. Clover honey crystallizes faster than Manuka Honey as it has higher glucose to fructose ratio.

What is the best way to store honey?

The other significant parameter to have effect on crystallized honey is the storage temperature. Storing honey below 10C delays crystallization and so does storing at 21C-27C which is optimum temperature. Anything in between 11C-20C favors the process of crystallization. Therefore, storing honey in a refrigerator accelerates the crystallization process.

How to fix crystallized honey or how can you decrystallize honey?

Zealandia Honey® Gold Jar with a spoon of Manuka Honey
Zealandia Honey® Gold

Hack #1: If you put the jar of crystallized Manuka honey in warm water and stir, it will decrystallize the honey. The honey will become liquid again.

Hack #2: Don’t microwave as the rapid heat will damage the micronutrients in Manuka Honey.

So bid goodbye to all myths you’ve heard about crystallized honey. They are still good, still yummy and still effective to your body and mind.

Zealandia Honey® Glass Jars
Zealandia Honey® Glass Jars

Did you know Zealandia Honey creams its honey batches, ensuring that the sugar crystals are evenly spread out to enhance the tasting experience of Manuka Honey? Try out your preferred jar from our exclusive range of Manuka Honey and share your experience with us.

Caught amidst the pandemic maze? A labyrinth where the mind alienates peace and befriends chaos? The road seems long and weary and yet we are asked to keep going? As bizarre as the world gets around Covid-19, at Zealandia we have the best solution to kick start the mind.

Ever heard of Beelandia? We call it ‘The Brain Stimulator’.

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Land of the Majestic Honey Bee

Beelandia is the land of the majestic bees, a fictitious lap of beauty where Melissa nurses her offspring with honey. According to Greek Mythology, Melissa was a nymph who nursed baby Zeus with honey instead of milk. Honey was a symbol of love, fertility and beauty for the ancient Romans and Greeks. Honey from the nectar is an age old activity of bees and has been used by humans even before the early civilisation.

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Beekeeper in New Zealand

Crafted in its own cradle, honey is a gift of nature that has heaps of beautiful tasting notes.

Manuka Honey is found in abundance in New Zealand so befriend the bees and slurp some honey!

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Pure Honey in a Jar

But you would wonder where can you find the best Manuka Honey? New Zealand owned ‘Zealandia’ offers premium Manuka Honey where quality isn’t comprised for a dime! Zealandia not only offers the best Manuka honey but also curates attractive jars, depicting the majestic beauty of its land. Here’s a sneak peek into Aotearoa’s finest honey: Zealandia Honey - that will leave your taste buds tinkling for more.

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Zealandia Honey® Gold MGO 550+

So how about turning to the mighty gates of Zealandia and stimulating your brain cells by reading a little story? It’s time to bid adieu to the anxiety and depression from the pandemic, read a little story and prioritise mental health.

Contamination of food is a serious problem in the world as use of antibiotics and pesticides compromises food safety. The management of pesticides and its usage is largely unregulated. Pesticides are often linked to long-term health effects such as endocrine disruption, birth defects, and cancer. On the other hand, the presence of antibiotics in honey is problematic as they cause allergic reactions, antibiotic resistance in humans, toxic effects, and damage to the central nervous system.

But why pesticides and antibiotics might end up in honey?

Pesticides are used to control bee diseases and pests in apiculture. However, in most instances their administration is uncontrolled, and they are applied without approved protocols. The most common used pesticides are acaricides amitraz, celazole, bromopropylate, coumaphos, flumethrin and taufluvalinate.

Apiarists use antibiotics to treat bacterial diseases in the hive. As a result, traces can be found in the honey itself. Oxytetracycline is commonly used to treat European foulbrood disease and American foulbrood diseases. Other antibiotics are also used, including but not limited to, erythromycin, lincomycin, monensin, streptomycin, and enrofloxacin. Antibiotic residues are predominantly the result of improper beekeeping practices and have been found to be above the regulatory standards for food.

Why should you buy Zealandia honey?

New Zealand Beekeepers have several legal obligations that must be met before honey is extracted. The main important obligations are related to the management of pesticides and antibiotics. It is strictly monitored in all sorts of beekeeping operations. They also sterilize beekeeping equipment after the extraction and before the next season, so the honey that is procured in New Zealand is of absolutely top quality.

Why Zealandia honey is free of pesticides and antibiotics?

At Zealandia, we are going one step further to ensure the honey we sell, is free of all pesticides, residues, and antibiotics. We do a randomised test for more than 100 different pesticides, residues, and antibiotics to ensure you are eating one of the best quality honeys from New Zealand. What you get from us is the real deal, genuine Manuka Honey. We are more than happy to share with you a certificate of analysis with every pot of honey showing all results should you wish to see it.

I am sure there are many women out there like me who suffer from pimples or acne when their monthly PMT is due to pay a visit. Pimples also occur in adolescence although they can happen at any stage. Both women and men have pimples.

I have never had trouble with pimples as a teenager. It doesn’t run in my family either. However, in recent years, my hormones are more and more out of whack when I am inching closer to my PMT. And pimples just love to make an appearance on my forehead. Sometimes they hurt and sometimes they are itchy. It takes a lot of self-control to not constantly touch them. I am paranoid that they all have puss in them and will leave me with scarring once my PMT passes. Some quick research on google gave me some confidence that these can be cured by eating a balance diet, and tips for some home remedies, that included Manuka Honey in it. How lucky am I that I have access to heaps of good quality Zealandia Manuka Honey!

Apparently not all pimples have puss. I have gathered that there are six different types of pimples. They are

Whiteheads – these are small pimples that remain under the skin and have flesh-coloured papule

Blackheads – these are clearly visible on the surface of the skin because of their colouring. They are either black or dark brown, due to the oxidation of the skin’s pigment, melanin

Papules – These are small, round bumps that rise from the skin and are often pink

Pustules – These are slightly bigger papules but filled with pus. They are clearly visible; the base is red, and the pus is on the top. They can be painful

Nodules – Similar to papules, but only larger. They are quite painful and embedded deep in the skin

Cysts – these are visible on the surface of the skin, filled with pus, painful and usually leave scarring behind

What causes pimples?

When pores become clogged with sebum and dead skin, that causes pimples. Sometimes this leads to infection and inflammation. They affect some people more than others, and the reasons for it is largely unknown.

What are sebaceous glands?

The sebaceous glands are tiny skin glands that secrete sebum, a waxy or oily substance that lubricates the skin and hair. Sebaceous glands are found inside the pores of our skin, all over the body, except the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. There are more sebaceous glands on the face and scalp than elsewhere.

As the glands produce sebum inside the pores, new skin cells are constantly growing, and the outer layers of skin are being shed. Sometimes, dead skin cells are not shed. They remain in the pores and get stuck together by the sticky sebum, causing a blockage in the pore. Pore blockage is more likely to occur during puberty, as the sebaceous glands produce more sebum during this time.

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTIONS

  1. Diet will fix everything! NOT. While yes, you can control what you can put in your body. But you need to know that there is no one magical food or potion that is going to fix your pimples.
  2. Oil – use natural essential oils, they are the best for your skin! Again, what works one person does not always have to work for another. Acne varies for each person.

DISCLAIMER: This blog post I am sharing is about what I have done to alleviate my acne, from an anecdotal perspective. It is in no way a cure or promoting to say Zealandia Manuka & Kanuka Honey are a medicine. The blog is based on my research of articles on the internet and the severity of hormonal acne varies for each person. There are lifestyle factors that have an impact for most people and I am just sharing my home remedies that have helped me tackle the issue so that it may help you broaden your knowledge and perspective and hopefully give you some new tools to try out.

The timeline I worked on for my pimples – 7 days

The 1st pimple that that breaks out in my PMT cycle confirms my period is around the corner. As I mentioned before there is no magical solution, I watch what I eat, make sure I am not eating more chippies or fried food. There are times when it just flares up bad and some months it is subtle. My recent one flared up quite a bit. I went a bit over of the top with pimple popping. And that only worsened, as you can see from the pictures. I made a face mask and religiously applied it for about 8 days at anywhere between 30 mins to an hour. It is the best preventative care I could give to my skin.

The recipe - I used just 3 ingredients for my facemask – 1t Zealandia Manuka Honey MGO550+, 1t Exotic Blooming Teas Himalayan Rose water (optional) and a pinch home ground turmeric.

Zealandia Gold Label – MGO 550+ Manuka Honey – This is monofloral honey has only Manuka in it. This honey has a very earthy taste and has bitter afternotes because of the higher potency and is dark amber in colour. Not only does the 550+ help with cold symptoms and gut health, it has an additional benefit of treating minor wounds like cuts, grazes, small burns, skin inflammation etc. because of the high anti-bacterial activity.

Zealandia Certified Organic Kanuka Honey – This is Manuka’s lesser known cousin. It has similar properties to Manuka, except the anti-inflammatory content of this honey is super high. So, it is stronger than our gold label – MGO 550+ and perfect for skincare like facemasks, it is loaded with anti-ageing properties too.

Rose water – is a natural fragrance and has been used in skin applications since medieval times. It helps maintain the skin’s pH balance and helps controls excess oil. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help reduce the inflammation of irritated skin, acne, dermatitis, rosacea, eczema etc.

Turmeric – Is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been long used in Traditional Ayurvedic medicine.

Happy trialling people! Visit our website – www.zealandiahoney.com for more product information 

The key natural compound in Manuka honey is Methylglyoxal (MGO). It is found in most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities. But where does it come from in manuka honey?

In Manuka Honey, MGO comes from the conversion of another compound dihydroxyacetone (DHA), that is found in high concentration in the nectar of Manuka flowers.  So what do I look for on your label and what makes MGO so special?

MGO is a very reactive compound and due to its unique chemical structure, it reacts with bacterial DNA and disrupts its structural integrity and function. Thus, it directly damages the formation of new bacterial cells. Okay I understand now but how much of the concentration is needed?

The potency of MGO can be expressed as MIC (Minimum Inhibition Concentration). MIC is defined as the minimum concentration of MGO required to inhibit 100% of bacterial growth. MGO is the most effective against the below bacteria and as well of the suggested MIC.

Escherichia Coli (ATCC 8739) – M.I.C is 220 mg/kg

Psudomonas aeruginosa – M.I.C is 310 mg/kg

Staphylococcus aureus – M.I.C is 100 mg/kg

Streptococcus mutans – M.I.C is 150 mg/kg

Candida albicans – M.I.C is 550 mg/kg

Group A Streptococcus bacteria – M.I.C is 100 mg/kg

H.Pylori – M.I.C is 250 mg/kg

The difference between MGO & UMF® is easy to describe, as a rule of thumb these are the main differences

MGO

Simplicity at heart. No hard conversions. The amount of MGO in honey is quantified at independent accredited laboratories and indicated on the label in milligrams per kilogram.

UMF®

Paid membership for the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA). A rating based on the quantity of DHA, MGO and presence of leptosperin in honey products.

To get even more of an idea here is a comparison table to see the different values between the two rating systems. The amounts might differ slightly and this is only an indication.

Zealandia Honey® BronzeMGO 100+UMF 5+
Zealandia Honey® SilverMGO 250+UMF 10+
Zealandia Honey® Rose GoldMGO 400+UMF 13+
Zealandia Honey® GoldMGO 550+UMF 16+
Zealandia Honey® CobaltMGO 850+UMF 20+
Zealandia Honey® DiamondMGO 1200+UMF 25+
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