- What does UMF mean?
UNIQUE MANUKA FACTOR- The golden standard in Manuka Honey.
UMF™ is shorthand for the most
comprehensive, independently certified and internationally recognised quality assurance system for New Zealand mānuka honey. It’s designed to validate mānuka honey potency, authenticity, purity, shelf life and freshness for honey producers, brands, customers and consumers around the world.
Only one standard independently
assures the quality of New Zealand mānuka honey so consumers around the world
can be confident in the strength and purity of each jar they buy.
Each mānuka honey product that
carries the UMF™ trademark must pass the stringent Unique Mānuka Factor Honey
Association (UMFHA) quality, grading and rating tests.
The UMF™ 4 Factor Test consists
of these 4 factors:
- MGO for potency,
- Leptosperin for Authenticity,
- DHA for shelf life,
- HMF for freshness.
Each batch of UMF manuka honey must pass these above tests in order to display the UMF logo on the pot.
Find out more at the UMF.org.nz
- What is Manuka Honey?
(Māori pronunciation: [maːnʉka])
is a monofloral honey produced from the nectar of the mānuka
tree, Leptospermum, that originated as a cultivar in New Zealand.
It has long been hailed for its medicinal benefits as a superfood and as such is one of the most sort after honeys in the world.
Mānuka honey is markedly
viscous. This property is due to the presence of a protein or colloid and is its main visually defining character, along with its typical dark cream to dark brown
Mānuka honey has a strong flavour, characterised as
"earthy, oily, herbaceous", and "florid, rich and complex". It is described by the New Zealand honey industry as having a "damp earth, heather, aromatic" aroma and a "mineral, slightly bitter" flavour.
Methylglyoxal a component of mānuka honey, is under study for its potential activity against E. coli
Mānuka honey for export
from New Zealand must be independently tested. New Zealand’s Ministry
for Primary Industries has developed a government standard, called the Mānuka Honey Science Definition test, to identify all mānuka honey is pure when it leaves the country. The test comprises five attributes, four of which are chemical and one is DNA of Leptospermum scoparium. The honey must pass all five tests to be labeled as pure New Zealand mānuka. This testing came into effect on 5 January 2018. Independent quality and rating organisation, the UMF Honey Association then certifies four quality factors for honey harvested, packed and sealed in New Zealand.
- Is anything added to Mountain Gold Manuka Honey?
No. Our Manuka Honey is 100% pure New Zealand MANUKA Honey. It contains no additives of any kind.
We know this because we (and carefully selected partners) produce it. We know where it is harvested from, and it remains on farm in our food grade facility until it is placed in a pot for you to enjoy.
- What is a native New Zealand Honey?
New Zealand is home to many species of unique native Flora.
Some of these NZ native trees and scrubs produce nectar in abundance. The nectar gathered from these trees is very unique and distinct from each other. Somewhat overshadowed by Manuka Honey, the other native honeys cannot be ignored.
For more information on the individual Native Honeys please go to:
- Can Manuka Honey Heal you?
The healing properties of the Manuka Plant have traditionally been used for many years by the Maori people of New Zealand. Honey has been used as a medicinal and topical treatment for thousands of years.
New Zealand Manuka Honey is world renowned for its healing properties. It is one of the most researched honeys in the world, with many studies focusing on its skin and wound healing abilities.
Under New Zealand law we are not allowed to promote the health benefits of Manuka Honey.
Many people believe that Manuka Honey has special Health benefits.