MANUKA HONEY: 250 GRAMS FOR Rs 26000?

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Yes, you read it correct, a rare New Zealand honey can be as costly as Rs 26,000 for a 250g jar. So, when you taste only a spoonful of this honey, it can cost you almost Rs 1500.

This rare and special honey comes from the nectar of the Manuka plant (scientific name: Leptospermum scoparium) which is native to New Zealand. The nectar of the Manuka flower has rare and complex properties which makes the Manuka honey distinctive from other honeys.

The hardy and resilient Manuka tree thrives in the challenging natural environment of New Zealand’s. This plant has been used for centuries by the native Maori people as a medical remedy for various diseases. The flower from which comes the Manuka Honey only appears for a few weeks a year. 

The beekeepers have only around 25 days from the first sign of a flower bud to a stage 5 flower. The stage 5 flower doesn’t produce nectar. This is quite less time for the beekeepers, and also for the bees to gather the nectar.

Several studies and researches have been conducted to find the health benefits of Manuka Honey. One such research claims that in addition to bacterial growth inhibition, glyoxal (GO) and MGO from Manuka honey can enhance wound healing and tissue regeneration by their immunomodulatory property(1).

Although, as mentioned earlier, Manuka can be as costly as Rs 26000 for a 250g jar but depending on its MGO (methyl glyoxal) number it is also available at Rs 5000 for 250 g. Even this is much higher than the price of other honey available in the market.

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