The difference comes from an endemic tea tree called Manuka from New Zealand, granting an incredible antibacterial effect and an incomparable taste. Rich and complex, the flavour is known as caramelized with a slightly bitter after taste. Moreover, this honey comes from one of the cleanest area in the world. Remote from human activity, it is harvested in the South of the South island.
Manuka honey is made by bees and the process doesn't change from European beekeeping. However, it is harvested between January and March during austral summer. Manuka flowers feature a very short flowering period, which can make hard to collect if the weather is not suitable during this time frame. Frames after the harvest are put inside a centrifuge for the extraction and is then filtered.
After the harvest, liquefied honey is stored in drums and then placed in a container, ready to leave New Zealand to Germany. Then it is packaged in jars. During the transit time, the container isn't opened and honey remains as pure as consumed in its origin.
Manuka honey is sold in 240g glass jars. This packaging is perfect for restaurants, hotels, high-end groceries and also for individuals through this website.There are also 37g tasting jars, perfect for the first try.
In general, obtaining the organic certification in New Zealand is acknowledged in Europe. However, the young beekeeping industry is not fully modernized to be certified organic. Is it necessary? Yes, definitely on the long run. For now, the exceptional cleaned surroundings where our Dunedin honey is made brings a naturally pure and genuine golden nectar.
Of course it is possible! In a way where beekeeping is threatened (pesticides, parasites, Colony Collapse Disorder...), it is important to support local actors as much as possible. This solidarity transcends the notion of business competition because bees are so vital for pollination and natural balance. Manuka honey doesn't replace a local honey but is instead complementary to it thanks to its unique floral origin and its gourmet taste.