Why Manuka Honey is So Expensive?
Australian Manuka is a long-recognized product that is different from other types of honey and there are compelling reasons for this. But how does it differ from the same healthy linden or buckwheat honey? That’s for us to discover.
Hard Bees Work
Shall we start with the fact that the bees that harvest Manuka Honey are not much
different from their counterparts who collect other types of honey, but there are still differences. It is important to note that there are two types of bees that are used all over the world: these are Italian and Carniolan. Each bee goes a very long way to get Manuka. The average distance is from 4 to 6 kilometers. This is a long enough path, especially for a bee.
Special Features in Collecting
In a previous article, we told you what monofloral honey is. But how do you know that bees collect nectar from the Manuka bush only, and not from any other flowers? To ensure that bees have one source of nectar, we place their hives closer to the places where the Manuka tree grows and when it begins to bloom.
Another advantage of collecting monofloral nectar is the flowering time of Manuka. At a time when all other types of trees and bushes with nectar are in hibernation, Manuka blooms in all its glory. This period lasts from March to September. It is important to say that as soon as the bees have chosen one source of nectar, the entire colony will work with these flowers until the nectar runs out. After collecting honey, there is checking for the amount of pollen and the level of activity. The fact that honey is predominantly monofloral is another point of why Manuka Honey is so expensive.
Manuka tree or Tea tree, as well as its derivative, are very rare things. Despite the fact that there are enough such trees in Australia and New Zealand, there are some features.
Manuka Honey is the rarest Honey in the world, among all types of existing Manuka Honey represents 1%.
In addition, there are some difficulties in harvesting.
Manuka blooms only from two to six weeks a year
Bees only have 12 days to collect nectar from flowers
Weather conditions: changeable weather, rain, wind, cold evenings
Whatever anyone says, Manuka honey is champagne in the world of honey. Pollen is an important component here because it gives honey unique health-giving properties, namely antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral. All these properties will help you to be in excellent condition, as well as boost your immune system. Manuka Honey is capable of more, but it depends on the level of MGO in each jar. The presence of this chemical compound makes this honey turbo useful. Thus, for the prevention of colds and to soothe a sore throat, you will need honey with a level of MGO 250+, and for more serious health problems, such as burns and stomach diseases will fit Australian Manuka with MGO 550+.
The fact that Manuka can cope with various bacteria is not empty words, but facts proved by various studies. This type of honey has powerful properties that help fight bacteria, which cause infections.
Super Uniqueness Cause Problems
As for uniqueness, there are not all honey declared created equal. Some brands are trick and dilute their honey to make it more affordable. But do they know that diluted honey loses its beneficial antibacterial and antimicrobial properties?
Manuka Honey is an expensive product, and people tend to copy and fake everything expensive. But this is not a problem for us. We have a large number of laboratories around the world; they are needed in order to identify unique compounds. All honey is tested for 3 ingredients: DHA, MGO, and HMF. These tests are performed to check for the presence of antimicrobial properties in honey. The measurement of ingredients concentration is measured in the same laboratories with the help of UV lights.