We heard about this meeting via the Auckland Bee Club and thought we would go along. The NBA Meeting has an interesting topic “Is Kanuka Honey better than Manuka Honey?”, so myself and Rocky went to have a listen.
The meeting was held at the Waitemata Honey Company’s premises in Albany, so it was pretty close to us, when you take the new motorway that connects Kumeu with Albany.
We were allowed to have a look around the premises, which we gather is used to bottle honey. We were impressed with the size of the extractor and holding tanks. Much more impressive than our smaller extracting process :-).
Differences between Manuka and Kanuka honey
The meeting started by Graham Cammell and then followed by a presentation by Dr Jonathan Stephens from Comvita innovations Ltd.
The discussion was about the differences between Manuka Honey and Kanuka honey. These both come from trees in the tea tree family, so some of the elements are the same.
The big difference in the two honeys is two components that only appear in the respective honey. DHA (dihydroxyacetone) in Manuka and AGP (arabinogalactan protein) in Kanuka honey.
The amount of DHA is how the UMF factor of Manuka honey is determined.
AGP in Kanuka honey stimulates the healing process in your body. So would be good for medicinal purposes.
Kanuka honey has also been shown to give positive benefits in cosmetic uses.
Overseas honey buyers are now checking the HMF factor of honey.
Packers overseas have been known to heat honey to increase it’s UMF factor. So sellers now check the HMF to check for honey heating and age.
HMF increases as the honey ages. If the honey is heated during the extraction process, this also increases it’s HMF. This can cause the honey to fail it pre sale testing.
Manuka honey shouldn’t be stored for more than 3 1/2 years, as it loses it’s HMF factor and will also fail, if tested.
Further Reading about the benefits of Kanuka Honey
In May 2013 The Honey Lab website did an article titled Forget manuka, kanuka Honey is the new superhoney
A great Book all about the History of Manuka Honey
All in all a very interesting night with a great meal provided, hopefully we will be invited to the next NBA meeting. Thanks to Neil and Audrey for hosting the event at their premises.
P.S. We hope we have all the science correct on this one? If Not please comment below:-