Mad about Manuka? You and us both.

We’ve expertly been sourcing authentic Rowse Manuka for years, choosing only the best New Zealand Manuka honey. Only the most carefully selected and independently tested authentic Manuka makes it into our jars.

What is Manuka honey?

Manuka honey is made by bees foraging on Manuka flowers (Leptospermum Scoparium, to get technical) found in the North and South Islands of New Zealand (along with Tasmania and Australia). Manuka honey is special because the flower only blooms for a few weeks a year, making supply limited and demand high.

Manuka honey isn’t like other honeys because of its unique characteristics, one of which is the compound MGO (methylglyoxal) that isn’t found in any other honey. As it’s unique to Manuka, the level of MGO in the honey indicates its level of purity. The higher the MGO rating, the purer the Manuka. If you want to delve into the science, you can find out more here.

The Rowse Manuka guarantee

Rowse Monofloral Manuka Honey always has guaranteed MGO levels of 100+ and above

Not all Manuka is created equal.

Manuka is in high demand and limited supply, so there are some misleading claims out there. Some honey might be labelled as ‘multifloral’, meaning it’s a blend of Manuka combined with other types of honey, rather than pure Manuka. The label might not always make it clear what kind of Manuka you’re getting, so spotting the proper stuff can be difficult.

Our strict testing regime guarantees you only get the best authentic Monofloral Manuka in every single jar. We test all of our Manuka honey 3 times: Before it leaves New Zealand, when it arrives in the UK and once it’s in jars in the UK.

Rowse Manuka honey will:

  • Always be Monofloral Manuka from the Manuka flower, never a blend of Manuka and other honeys*
  • Always have guaranteed MGO levels of 100+ and above
  • Always be sourced from select New Zealand beekeepers, with full traceability
  • Always be independently tested three times before it gets to you, to verify its authenticity

*New Zealand’s MPI have regulated that for Manuka to be defined as Monofloral, it must possess a number of compounds (4) at a minimum level, as well the pollen present passing a DNA test. Multifloral Manuka is Manuka blended with other honeys and New Zealand’s MPI have defined this honey that we at Rowse do not recognize as being authentic Manuka. This is because it is simply a blend of other honeys with Manuka. Similarly, we wouldn’t accept an Acacia honey which cannot be proven to be wholly or mainly from the Acacia flower, which is the requirement of the UK Honey regulation 2015.


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