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Our Honey Story

Honey-lovers from many countries around the world enjoy our delicious New Zealand honey.

 

Direct from Hive to Pot

Our experienced honey team is responsible for Mother Earth honey from the beehive to the pot it’s packed in. They work through all seasons - placing and maintaining the hives in remote areas, taking care of the bees, harvesting the awesome honey right down to the final stage of packing it.

 

 

Expertise

Our beekeepers care for the 10,000 hives and approx. 3.25 million bees we have buzzing across New Zealand’s North Island. They work closely with the experts in our honey extraction and packing plants to bring the best possible honey to your table.

 

Respect for Nature

Mother Earth honey is produced with great care and respect for the bees and the environment.

As part of our sustainability initiative, we have planted millions of mānuka trees creating New Zealand's largest, single mānuka plantation. This is home to some of our bees today and the future home to many more.

Mother Earth's Mānuka Plantation, November 2020

 

New Zealand Mānuka Honey

  • New Zealand mānuka honey is naturally complex with a distinct flavour, rich aroma and unique properties

  • The nectar of the flower of the NZ’s native mānuka tree gives the honey its uniqueness

  • Extensive scientific research in many countries has proven its signature compounds

  • Highly sought after by consumers as a food for their general health and wellbeing

  • The only mānuka honey in the world with the four-test UMF™ quality mark

  • Cultural ties with Māori who traditionally used the mānuka tree for medicinal purposes

 

Straight-up Goodness

Completely natural, mānuka honey supports your general health and wellbeing and can provide a natural energy boost to drinks and foods. During winter use mānuka honey to help soothe sore throats. Mānuka honey is complex, with over 2,300 unique components that contribute to its complex flavour and its remarkable benefits.

 

Origins of Mānuka Honey

The mānuka tree is native to New Zealand and has been treasured for its properties. Areas abundant with native mānuka blossoms are often located in remote parts of New Zealand.

Mānuka flowers bloom for just two to six weeks per year. In this very short season bees gather the unique nectar to make this prized honey, highly valued throughout the world for its rare and complex properties and its special, earthy flavour.

 

Authenticity Guaranteed 

Every batch of Mother Earth UMF™ Mānuka Honey is independently tested to measure the Unique Mānuka Factor (UMF™). Great care is taken of this precious honey which is packed in our facility operating to an internationally recognised Food Safety Standard, SQF. We ensure the highest quality honey giving our customers peace of mind. 

 

UMF™ Quality Mark

UMF™ is an independently certified quality assurance system for New Zealand mānuka honey. The four-factor test certifies the natural components found in mānuka honey to guarantee its potency, authenticity, purity and freshness.

Honey with the UMF™ quality mark can ONLY come from New Zealand and ONLY from companies that are UMF™ Honey Association licensees. Each licensee adheres to strict quality guidelines. Mother Earth’s licence number is 1027.

 

Ministry of Primary Industries

In addition to the UMF™ verifications, all mānuka honey exported from New Zealand must pass the Ministry of Primary Industries’ five tests. That’s a total of nine tests for every pot of exported New Zealand UMF™ mānuka honey.

 

Summary of Mother Earth Mānuka Honey's credentials

  • GSFI food safety program (SQF)

  • Food control plan registered by New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries 

  • UMF™ quality mark

  • Independent testing

  • Halal

  • Non-GMO

  • Packed in BPA-free pots

       

Honey is nature's gift to us.
Enjoy it.