New Zealand Manuka Honey

I  was in my local Supermarket and wanted to buy a jar of Manuka honey so I picked up a jar of the honey to put in my basket but I was nearly incontinent when I saw the price  of  it £22.00 for a  340 grams in a PLASTIC jar of UMF15+ Manuka honey. 

I had to go outside to re-check the name of the Supermarket, just for a minute   I thought that I was in shopping in Harrods!

So I  brought a cheaper version for £11.99

A few day later I went to Holland and Barrett's Health shop to see how much they were selling their Manuka Honey.  I was in the area shopping, so I popped into the Health store.

 There I spotted a jar of  Manuka honey  UMF 20+  for £40.00  if was on offer, buy one and you get the second  one half price.  I'm no Einstein but that's Sixty quid!image

....UMF® means Unique Manuka Factor.....and it has been registered also
Its basically a measure of the antibacterial an industry determined by the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.


  • Because you're buying honey from the other side of the world ? The bees didn't fly it here for free ?

    Just buy local stuff perhaps ?
  • You nearly shit yourself in a supermarket?

  • CindersCinders ✭✭✭

    What's so special about Manuka?


  • Are you sure you didn't nearly have an "organism"?

    Manuka honey has always been expensive. Warning - if you're after some of that caviar stuff that can be pricey too.

  • True but you can do that with ordinary honey too. Mauka just has more oomph. Not sure it justfies the price though TBH.

  • RicFRicF ✭✭✭

    Just asked my wife; a New Zealander, what its all about. She says she doesn't really know, which pretty well sums it up.

    Marketing guff with the sole intention of cleaning out your wallet.

  • That is just some woman from the telegraph, who has been sent a few products containing manuka, and has been asked to write an article about it!

    I'm not saying that honey isn't good for you... it probably is, but I'd want to see some hard evidence from a peer reveived scientific journal before I shelled out £11 for a pot.

    They sometimes sell it quite cheap in Aldi, by the wayimage

    But it probably only works if it's the expensive oneimage

  • Local honey is better for you.  It means local bees have harvested from local pollen, which can ease hay fever.  It also boosts the metabolism and is a natural energy boost, and usually tastes better than other honeys.  If you're going to buy honey, always buy local. 

  • I love honey and eat pots and pots of it...but I don't like Manuka...tastes too medicinal for me!!

    Just as well, given the price


  • You've never said why you wanted to buy it in the first place Karen......

    comeon, you can trust us, it was for sexual purposes wasn't it ? 

  • Thanks Karen, very interesting! however, that doesn't convince me that it's anything more than a mild topical antimicrobial. Savlon is cheaper. 

    Boots web MD isn't a scientific journal. I'll save my pennies until the Nature paper!

  • E mmyE mmy ✭✭✭

    I know a few cancer patients that swear by Manuka Honey after radiation/chemo as it helps them either keep 'something' with calories in their stomach and helps with the blisters in their mouths.

    Whether or not it's true - is anyone's guess but that's just my experience of friends that have used it.

  • I thought the local honey from the greengrocer at £5.99 a jar was expensive! Very good though. But even if this NZL stuff is that brilliant, I only want it for my toast and porridge!

  • Karen Samuel wrote (see)
    Why is it so damn expensive?


    Price is determined by supply and demand. It costs £22 or £40 or whatever because there's enough idiots around who are prepared to pay that much for it.

  • Cochrane Library - Honey as a topical treatment for wounds


    Honey has been used on wounds since ancient times. Clinical trials have tested the effect of honey in both acute wounds (e.g. burns, lacerations) and chronic wounds (e.g. skin ulcers). The trials results show that honey might shorten healing times for moderate burns compared with some conventional dressings, but there is some serious doubt about the reliability of this finding. Honey used alongside compression therapy does not improve healing of venous leg ulcers. Honey may delay healing in deep burns and in ulcers caused by insect bites (cutaneous Leishmaniasis). There is not enough evidence to give guidance for the use of honey in other types of wounds.

  • As a 60 year old runner I swear by Manuka honey; better condition of hair, nails and general well being allowing me to do Lakeland marathons in 5 hours and a park run in 21 mins. Aldi is the place to buy Manuka honey at £3.95 a pot.

  • Pudge wrote (see)

    You nearly shit yourself in a supermarket?


    I've noticed that this question has never been answered by the OP.

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