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Watson & Son Premium Manuka Honey, Certified MGS 20+, 250 gram, from New Zealand.

Watson and Son

Watson & Son Premium Manuka Honey, Certified MGS 20+, 250 gram, from New Zealand.

$129.90

CERTIFIED MOLAN GOLD STANDARD  Rigorously tested for methylglyoxal content, MGS 20+ contains at least 800 mg/kg (MGO 800+) and verified by an accredited New Zealand laboratory

 • PACKED IN NEW ZEALAND. Produced and packed in New Zealand in accordance with the MPI Government regulated Monofloral Manuka Honey standards.

NATURAL AND PURE. 100% authentic Manuka Honey from New Zealand, free from harmful substances, pesticides and herbicides.

COLOR AND TASTE. Dark amber in color, with a uniquely bold flavor with a subtle bitter edge. Beautifully thick and creamy consistency.

USES. Manuka Honey is a natural superfood widely used internally for wellness and vitality. Enjoy straight from the spoon, dilute in water, or use as a natural sweetener.

PREMIUM QUALITY. 100% traceable from hive to jar. Our honeybees draw from the finest Manuka flowers in vast areas of remote and pristine New Zealand Manuka forests. 

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Where is mānuka honey obtained from? Genuine mānuka honey is produced predominantly from the nectar of the mānuka flower which only flowers for up to six weeks of the year in remote, untouched parts of New Zealand; it is valued around the world for its natural health-giving and general well-being properties. Only honey meeting specific criteria can actually be called authentic mānuka honey.
What is mānuka honey's country of origin? Mānuka honey's country of origin is New Zealand.
  Mānuka Honey can only be produced in areas abundant with native Mānuka blossoms, which grow in some of the most remote, untouched parts of New Zealand; from the rugged central North Island volcanic plateau, to the bush clad hills of Northland.
Is mānuka honey all natural? Yes, authentic mānuka honey is 100% natural and does not have any additives.
How is mānuka harvested?   To crop Mānuka honey, beekeepers move their hives into areas where the Mānuka is the predominant vegetation type when the Mānuka is starting to flower, typically spring to early summer depending on the region within New Zealand. Beekeepers watch closely as the season approaches and time the placement of their hives to maximize their exposure to the Mānuka nectar flow.There are some (proprietary) techniques you can use when harvesting the honey to segregate honey coming from different areas of the hive to increase the concentration of Mānuka honey in a given batch.
What is the difference between authentic mānuka and fake mānuka honey?  Due to government regulations in New Zealand manuka honey packed labelled and exported from New Zealand cannot be adulterated with syrups, sugars or any other ingredients. In order to be labelled as manuka honey, it must meet the New Zealand government definition for monofloral manuka honey. The label should also reflect the level of MGO (methylglyoxal), one of the key natural compounds that makes Manuka honey unique.
Look for mānuka honey with the following ratings minimum MGO 83+ and above and/or MGS/UMFTM 5+ and above.
What's the difference between regular honey and mānuka honey? Manuka honey is predominately sourced from the manuka flower nectar. The Manuka tree is native to New Zealand and grows in various locations across the country. Manuka honey has been shown to contain higher numbers of naturally occuring compounds compared to other honeys, specifically methylglyoxal. Manuka honey is darker in color, thicker in texture and herbacious in taste.
  Aside from where it was harvested, the nectar of the Mānuka flower gives Mānuka Honey its unique non-peroxide activity properties.The MGO rating represents the unique signature compound's characteristic of real Mānuka Honey. 
Can mānuka honey be adulterated? Due to government regulations in New Zealand manuka honey packed labelled and exported from New Zealand cannot be adulterated with sugars or any other ingredients. In order to be labelled as manuka honey, it must meet the MPI definition for monofloral manuka honey. The label should also reflect the level of MGO (methylglyoxal), the natural compound that makes Manuka honey unique.
Look for mānuka honey with the following ratings minimum MGO 83+ and above and/or MGS/UMFTM 5+ and above.
What are the types of mānuka honey? There are two different types of mānuka honey - monofloral and multifloral - but what’s the difference?

Monofloral mānuka honey is made by bees foraging on mainly mānuka flowers and is considered purer and of higher quality. The New Zealand government instructs products labelled "MANUKA HONEY" must meet the monofloral Manuka honey test*.  This product should also likely contain at least 83mg/kg methylglyoxal/MGO

Multifloral mānuka honey is considered a mānuka blend, produced by bees feeding on a variety of other flowering plants in addition to mānuka flowers, or mānuka honey that has been blended with other honeys.  The New Zealand government instructs multifloral mānuka honey products to be labelled “MULTIFLORAL MANUKA HONEY” or “MANUKA BLEND HONEY” (and will likely contain less than 83mg/kg methylglyoxal/MGO) 
How do you know you're purchasing authentic Mānuka honey?  1) Picked, packed & exported from New Zealand 2) Look for mānuka honey with the following ratings minimum MGO 83+ and above and/or MGS/UMFTM 5+ and above
Is mānuka honey a superfood? Honey is a nutritionally complex food, which includes a diverse range of components such as proteins, enzymes, amino acids, minerals and plant-derived polyphenolic compounds, organic acids, and glycosides. Many of these components have been shown to have bioactvities. New Zealand manuka honey is more complex than other honeys, with more than 2000 compounds identified, approximately 20-fold more complex than standard honeys such as clover 
Does mānuka honey have antibacterial properties? The major antibacterial component in mānuka honey is methylglyoxal (MGO). Research has shown MGO in medical-grade Manuka honey has significant topical antibacterial activity. We do not recommend grocery-store bought honey-in-a-pot for wound treatment.
Does mānuka honey have anti-inflammatory properties? Research has shown that topical-application of manuka honey has anti-inflammatory properties as it inhibits some infammatory enzymes and cytokines.
Due to regulations we are not able to talk about anti-inflammatory health benefits of consuming honey. 
What are some of the health benefits of consuming mānuka honey? Due to food regulations, we are unable to talk about any possible health applications and effects of consuming Manuka honey. Manuka has been touted in the natural health world for centuries, revered by the indigenous Māori people. A large amount of research exists and Manuka honey has many devoted fans worldwide, so we encourage you to discover more through online searches, look for scientific research articles or simply try for yourself!
People tell us that they use Manuka honey for their everyday wellbeing or as a natural wholefood alternative to refined sugar. 
Is mānuka honey good for the skin? Manuka honey contains phenolic compounds, which have antioxidant properties. We know that many people use manuka honey as part of their skin regime. 
Why is mānuka honey considered a superfood?  Honey is a nutritionally complex food, which includes a diverse range of components such as proteins, enzymes, amino acids, minerals and plant-derived polyphenolic compounds, organic acids, and glycosides. Many of these components have been shown to have bioactvities. New Zealand manuka honey is more complex than other honeys, with more than 2000 compounds identified, approximately 20-fold more complex than standard honeys such as clover 
Is mānuka honey vegan, organic, gluten-free etc.?  Honey is considered naturally gluten free and vegetarian (assuming no cross-contamination ocurred during the production process). For vegan and organic please check by individual brand.
Why is it important to consume genuine mānuka honey? Authentic mānuka honey contains unique properties which cannot be mimicked by regular honey or syrup. Look for mānuka honey with the following ratings minimum MGO 83+ and above and/or MGS/UMFTM 5+ and above
How do you identify genuine mānuka honey? 1) Picked, packed & exported from New Zealand 2) Look for mānuka honey with the following ratings minimum MGO 83+ and above and/or MGS/UMFTM 5+ and above
Terms to avoid Since 2015, the New Zealand government labelling requirements prohibit the following on mānuka honey labels:

“Non-Peroxide Activity”
“Total Peroxide Activity”
“Peroxide Activity”
“Total Activity”
“Active”

Mānuka honey labels should not have any health claims on their label as this is prohibited by the New Zealand government.  Any products containing the above information indicate the product has not been produced, packed or labelled in New Zealand and are not approved by NZ government for export. 
Why is mānuka honey more expensive than regular honey? Strict testing regimes for MGO strength, quality and authenticity are required for every batch to grade the honey and meet export regulations and food safety regulations.​

Manuka honey requires specialty expertise in beekeeping, land management, testing, storage and processing to ensure a high quality product with certified MGO levels.​

Manuka has a short flowering period 3-6 weeks in 1 year, a very small window compared to common flowers like Clover which flower year round; if bad weather affects the Manuka blossoms that affects the whole years harvest.​

Harvesting Manuka honey vs common honeys such as Clover is logistically far more complicated, time-consuming and costly. To ensure bees collect pure Manuka nectar, hives are placed amongst Manuka in remote, hard to access locations (sometimes only accessible by helicopter). 
What studies have been done on Mānuka honey? Over 9,000 scientific research papers have been published on Mānuka honey. Many of these papers have been published in peer reviewed journals. Studies have been done on wound care, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immunomodulatory activities. 
   Professor Henle and his team published a groundbreaking paper identifying methlyglyoxal (MGO) as a key compound directly related to the unique properties of Manuka honey. Professor Thomas Henle
Head of the Institute of Food and Chemistry at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, one of the most prestigious universities in Germany.
  Professor Molan (1943-2015) was known as the father of the Manuka honey industry and his extensive work has had far reaching impact on the understanding and use of Manuka honey particularly for wound care. Peter Molan was world renowned Manuka honey expert and founder of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. 
What is methylglyoxal?  Methylglyoxal (MGO) has been demonstrated to be one of the naturally occurring compounds that makes Manuka honey so special. MGO is formed in the honey from Manuka nectar, and as the honey ripens, the MGO content can increase.
Is our honey GMO/GM free  Yes. To date there have been no genetically modified seeds, organisms or nursery stock approved by the New Zealand Government for release in New Zealand. That means there are no genetically modified organisms, crops or produce grown commercially in New Zealand from which bees can source nectar or pollen. 
Is our honey pesticide free  Whilst Oha Honey uses varroa mite treatment in line with best beekeeping practices, such use is outside the honey production or harvest time.  Oha Honey sources honey from its own apiaries and from beekeepers registered with the New Zealand Government.  Our landowner agreements also require our land owners to not use sprays of any sort while our hives are in location. We are also subject to independent surveillance by the New Zealand government via the Ministry for Primary Industries who administer the Animal Products Notice: Regulated Control Scheme – Monitoring of Specified Substances in Bee Products for Export. This programme ensures a wide range of potential pesticide residues are monitored against New Zealand and International requirements.
https://www.mpi.govt.nz/law-and-policy/requirements/regulated-control-schemes-rcs/ 
Is our honey free from added sugars -    Yes. We do not add sugars to our honey, it is a 100% honey product. Honey is a complex natural sugar solution consisting of glucose, fructose, sucrose, maltose and long chain oligosaccharides, together making up about 80% of honey. 
Is our honey raw? No.  Oha Honey is not “raw” if consideration is given to the raw definition being not heated above 118 degrees F (51 degrees Celsius).  Our honey is flash pasteurised at 71 degrees Celsius for a few seconds during processing to ensure fermentation inhibition is achieved. This is to ensure that during the shelf life of the honey the best possible tasting honey is obtained for our consumers.
Is our honey unpasteurised? No. Oha Honey is flash pasteurised at 71 degrees Celsius for a few seconds during processing for fermentation inhibition.  This is to ensure that during the shelf life of the honey the best possible tasting honey is obtained for our consumers.
Does your honey have antibiotics in it?  No. Our honey does not contain antibiotics of any sort. New Zealand Regulations do not permit the use of antibiotics on honey bees, strict regulation protects the consumer to ensure safe and unadulterated product. 
Our Values  As guardians of the resource that produce this precious gift of mānuka honey, we value authenticity in what we represent, transparency in the origins and provenance of our products and believe in earning the trust of our consumers and retailers.
What is mānuka honey? Why does it matter? Genuine Mānuka honey comes from New Zealand and is, in fact, very rare.  The New Zealand Government  has put a scientific definition and testing in place to ensure that all honey labelled 'Manuka honey' meets the science definition before it is exported.

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