Manuka honey is produced by bees collecting nectar from the Manuka plant (aka tea tree) – Leptospermum scoparium – which grows well in Tasmania.
Manuka has been known for a long time as having antibacterial activity and a few years ago this was confirmed by laboratory research. Methylglyoxal (MGO) has been found to be the major antibacterial component of Manuka honey.
In order to confirm you are getting what you pay for, Blue Hills tests their Manuka before packing and shows the MGO level on the jars.
Manuka honey is thixotropic and has one of the highest viscosities of any honey.
Manuka honey has a strong flavour, characterised as earthy, heavy, herbaceous, rich, and complex.
All Blue Hills honeys are “cold extracted”, ensuring all of the natural components of the honey are retained.