What is Manuka Honey?

Manuka Honey is a unique New Zealand honey from the Manuka tree (Leptospermum Scoparium), a native of New Zealand. Manuka Honey is widely regarded as the pinnacle of honey worldwide

What does UMF mean?

The UMF grading system appraises natural markers found in Manuka Honey, and assures purity and quality. To receive a UMF grading, the honey must contain the following markers:

  • Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) – DHA is a compound naturally present in Manuka flower nectar, and is a precursor to the development of MGO 
  • Methylglyoxal (MGO) – MGO has been found to be the main compound which distinguishes Manuka Honey from other honeys
  • Leptosperin – This is a naturally-occurring compound found only in the nectar of Manuka and some closely-related plants

What is the UMF grading based on?

The UMF grading is based on MGO concentrations, for example:

  • UMF 5+ MGO ≥ 83mg/kg
  • UMF 10+ MGO ≥ 263mg/kg
  • UMF 15+ MGO ≥ 514mg/kg

Does Jade Valley honey contain anything other than pure honey?


How long does honey last for?

Honey lasts almost indefinitely, if stored in a cool dry place, not subjected to light

What if honey is hard or crystallised?

Honey is a natural product, and over time may harden or crystallise. Simply warm the honey and stir, to soften it.