Mānuka Honey UMF 15+
Mānuka honey is made from the nectar of an indigenous New Zealand shrub “Mānuka”, often referred to as ”Tea Tree” because early settlors made tea from its leaves. Its biological name is Leptospermum scoparium.
Some, but not all Mānuka honey has unique, exceptional anti-bacterial qualities which the UMF Honey Association has named “UMF”, meaning “Unique Mānuka Factor”. There are different strengths of UMF, indicated by the number following UMF. It is this factor that has made Mānuka honey with UMF an internationally recognised “Super Honey”. Read more about UMF on its page.
The purity and UMF strength of the honey is assessed by independent laboratories who report to the UMF Honey Association, which in turn advises honey processors of the qualities of the honey and grants permission for the UMF symbol to be used on labels. The batch number is recorded on the honey labels.
Mānuka UMF 15+ is a medical grade of Mānuka Honey. It is relatively rare – approximately only 8% of all Mānuka Honey has rating of UMF 15+ or higher.
Waitemata’s Mānuka UMF 15+ honey was the only Mānuka honey that was awarded 5 stars by the Hong Kong Consumer Council when it tested a range of Mānuka honeys in the Hong Kong market in 2013.
Mānuka honey is golden brown in colour and has a distinctive great taste.
Waitemata Honey is not pasteurised and is packed in BPA free plastic jars.