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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Manuka honey?

Before going into the details, did you know that bees exists on this planet for more than 100 million years, and in fact they co-lived with dinosaurs.

Any honey must come from a plant source and Manuka honey is no exception. Leptospermum scoparium, as everyone knows as Manuka is a wild bush tree that grows extensively through out New Zealand in remote regions. Naturally, there is a perfect bond between bees and plants. So, our lovely bees pollinate the Manuka flower and collect its nectar, which is full of bioactive compounds. They just don’t sit on nectar; they spit they dance they pray, and they do the magic to convert that nectar into Manuka honey.

Click here to read this article on our help centre & support page. 

How do I consume Manuka honey?

There are multiple ways to consume Manuka honey but the best way is pure, straight from a spoon. If you want to mix things up a little you can add it to your breakfast, coffee or tea. Just make sure to not excessively heat your Zealandia Honey.

For more inspiration visit our recipe page here, or read this article on our help centre & support page.

Is honey safe to eat for diabetics?

Since Manuka honey has low-medium Glycemic Index (GI), it helps with a slower and gradual release of sugars into the blood stream.

As diabetic you always have to monitor your blood sugar levels but honey could be a great replacement for refined sugars as long as it's consumed in moderation.

We have a great article written up on our help centre & support page, to read it click here.

What is Methylglyoxal or MGO?

The major key natural component in Manuka honey is MGO, which is short for Methylglyoxal. It is found in other types of honey from New Zealand, but usually only in small quantities. In genuine Manuka honey, MGO comes from the conversion of another compound dihydroxyacetone (DHA), that is found in high concentration in the nectar of Mānuka flowers.

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.

Click here to read more about MGO on our help centre & support page.

Is your product free of pesticides?

To craft the best honey from New Zealand we have set out to go over and beyond the norm. To ensure our customers get the best we send our honey to independent laboratories to have it tested for markers such as glyphosate, C4 sugars & moisture content.

Because we think that's not good enough we also send our samples away for a pesticide screen which ensures the food safety and covers over 100+ pesticides to make sure you get a clean, pure and natural product from New Zealand. 

Our CEO who has been researching Manuka Honey for over 12 years, Sunil, has written up a great article on our help centre & support page.

What are Active Polyphenols or APP?

Active Polyphenols are trademarked under APP® and identified by 'The Experiment Company' during their extensive research on the presence of polyphenols in food products. Zealandia Honey® contributes and supports this research and is a proud member of the active polyphenols association by reinvesting into research.

Click here to read an article about APP® on our help centre & support page.

 How to verify genuine Manuka honey?

Real Manuka honey comes from New Zealand. The name Manuka comes from the native language of New Zealand, Te Reo. Maori people from Aotearoa have been using the Manuka tree for centuries.

All our honey is tested under stringent conditions set out by the Ministry of Primary industries of New Zealand. Independent laboratories verify the amount of DNA from pollen present in honey in fg/uL. A combination of five attributes, 4 chemicals and 1 DNA marker verify that this is authentic Manuka honey.

If you are still not sure about the jar you are holding in your hand you can track and trace your honey with the use of our transparant supply chain here. Just fill in the batch number or scan the QR code on your jar.

How is Zealandia Honey® different?

Zealandia Honey® was founded in a laboratory where three strategic thinkers each with their own expertise crossed paths. A food scientist with over 10 years of research experience on Manuka honey, a food safety auditor with a creative brain and last but not least a food science graduate who keeps the wheels turning by connecting marketing with science. 

The team decided to take a pragmatic approach to conquer the honey industry. This resulted from being a startup in 2019 to releasing the most potent Manuka honey in the world with their MGO 1717+ that was valued over $3000 per jar due to the design, complexity of the maturing process and scarcity of the product. 
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