Wedderspoon - Raw Monofloral Manuka Honey KFactor 16 - 17.6 oz. (500g)
Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey Unpasteurized KFactor 16 is not genetically modified, is antibiotic free, and is not industrially blended with any other honeys. Each batch of Wedderspoon Premium Manuka Honey can be traced directly back to the beekeeper. Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey Unpasteurized KFactor is used internally and externally. Wedderspoon's products have received word of mouth recognition throughout North America due to their outstanding quality and consistency.
- Non-GMO Project Verified
- Raw & Unpasteurized
- Product of New Zealand
- Free of Antibiotics and Glyphosate
What is Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey is a highly nutritious, special kind of honey that comes from the Manuka flower nectar gathered by the bees in New Zealand. Manuka is a Maori word that refers to the medicinal flower that grows on both New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Manuka Honey is a completely natural, holistic, bio-available and biodegradable product.
Is Manuka honey related to the Tea Tree in Australia?
Yes, Manuka Honey originates from the Manuka bush (Tree), which is in the same family as the Melaleuca in Australia, otherwise known as Tea Tree, both of which are world renown for their vast healing properties, Manuka having unique properties, not found in other honeys. Simply research the benefits of Manuka Honey online and on valid Scientific websites that could provide a wealth of information.
Can I find Manuka growing in other countries?
Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand from the nectar of Manuka flowers. Manuka is an indigenous Maori word, therefore it is native to New Zealand. Being a part of the Leptospermum scoparium variety, the Australian “Jelly Bush” honey should just be called precisely that, as it typically produces a honey that is very noticeably very different in taste and texture. However, despite these big differences, the Australians can technically somewhat call their jelly bush honey as being Manuka because they are somehow related through the Genus Leptospermum. There are approximately 150 non-medicinal varieties of Leptospermum in existence that are not all related to the Tea Tree, nor do all the varieties originate from New Zealand.
How do I take Manuka Honey?
Manuka Honey can be taken by the heaping teaspoonful up to 3 times a day depending on your condition. For example, for general digestive maintenance a teaspoon taken daily, at least half an hour before any food is ideal. You can also spread it on a dry cracker or a piece of organic bread.
Can I mix the raw honey with a hot drink or will I kill its natural properties?
Although the naturally occurring properties of the product remain stable under heat, light or cold conditions, for optimal use, they do not recommend putting it in tea as heat will destroy the naturally occurring bee enzymes.
How do I store my Wedderspoon Manuka honey once it has been opened?
Manuka honey should be stored in a cool dry place.
What is the difference between the KFactor 12 and KFactor 16?
KFactor 12 guarantees that at least 65% of the pollen grains in Wedderspoon’s Manuka honey are Manuka pollen grains. KFactor 16 guarantees that at least 75% of the pollen grains in Wedderspoon’s Manuka honey are Manuka pollen grains.
I am monitoring my carbohydrate intake. How can I include the manuka honey in a low carb diet?
Honey is a natural product unlike white refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. Scientifically, honey is considered to be “opposite” to conventional sugar. It might then be worth including in your diet, with moderation, for the numerous intrinsic health benefits! One Tablespoon of honey contains 17g of carbohydrates.
I know Organic Manuka Honey is great for adults and children above 1 year of age. Can I give it to an infant aged younger than 12 months?
No! Infants under 12 months of age do not have a fully developed immune system yet, so they should not be given any kind of honey to eat. Infant botulism is a rare, but serious paralytic disease caused by the spores of a bacterial microorganism, Clostridium botulinum. These spores can germinate, grow and produce toxins in the lower bowel of some infants and pasteurization (sterilization) cannot kill such spores. Older children and adults are normally able to ingest the spores without any harm.
Manuka Honey is one of the miracles of nature.
As the Europeans began colonizing the world during the Age of Discovery, they inadvertently gave the world the gift of Manuka honey. The European settlers who colonized New Zealand introduced the European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) on New Zealand’s South Island after the New Zealand coast line was mapped by James Cook.
It is no surprise that these honey bees quickly found a friend in the manuka flower (Leptospermum scoparium) due to the diverse nature of the flower and its ability to thrive in most any geographic variants of the South Island. The flower is commonly found in wetland areas, on dry hillsides, sandy coastal woodlands, and the alpine forests. The manuka flower has five petals that are somewhat prickly to the touch. The petals are primarily white, but sometimes they can be pink. The color of the petals do not change the flavor profile or composition of the Manuka honey as the nectar is uniform throughout all flowers, however, the bees are more attracted to the pink flower due to their unique vision which allows them to view ultraviolet light.
The manuka flower blooms for about six-weeks in January, and over that six-week period the South Island honey bees gather up the sweet manuka nectar and begin the process of converting the nectar into honey.
The nectar is brought back to the hive where it is broken down into simple sugars. Excess moisture is evaporated through a combination of the unique hexagonal shape of the honeycomb and the bees’ wings as they flap. The end result is the liquid delicacy we know as honey.
Beekeepers then collect the honeycomb frames, known as supers by beekeepers, and remove the wax layer that keeps the honey safe within the honeycomb in a delicate process known as uncapping. Once the frames are removed and uncapped they are placed in what is known as an extractor. The extractor spins the frames forcing the honey out where it sticks to the sides of the extractor. Gravity then draws the honey down into a collection basin. The honey is allowed to sit in an airtight container for a few days — this allows the wax in the honey to rise to the top so it can be removed. Once the excess wax has been removed the honey is bottled for the world to enjoy!
Wedderspoon is committed to delivering the highest quality and purity of Manuka honey and to discovering all of its natural benefits. To identify and measure the complex properties found in genuine Manuka, Wedderspoon has created KFactor, a holistic multi-stage authentication system named for the key factors inherent in this distinctive honey. In its second phase, KFactor will define additional properties we can use to authenticate Manuka honey. Wedderspoon is funding research using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) imaging. This highly sensitive technology will not only measure known components, but also seek to identify additional components present only in Manuka honey. It is the synergy of live enzymes, high pollen count, DHA, methylglyoxal, and other key factors, they hope to identify by the unique NMR technology.
Nectar itself is composed mainly of sucrose and water. Bees add enzymes known as invertase that creates additional chemical compounds, inverting the sucrose into fructose and glucose, and then evaporating the water so that the resulting products will resist spoiling. Honey is a source of carbohydrates.
For millions of years, bees and flowers have worked together to create countless naturally healthy and flavorful honey combinations. The nectar of each flower and tree contributes its own palette of tastes and enzymes to its local beehive. Throughout history, the Maori people of New Zealand have enjoyed the well-known benefits of honey sourced from the rare and beautiful flowers of the Manuka tree. New Zealand’s Manuka honey is a wonder of nature. Rich in therapeutic benefits, it is considered one of the most multi-dimensional foods in the world, containing complex sugars, proteins, amino acids, organic acids, vitamins, flavonoids, and other naturally occurring compounds. The vitamins and minerals in honey are excellent ways to metabolizing undesirable cholesterol and fatty acids in the body helping to promoting a healthy life for all of us.
Honey has a healthy Glycemic index (GI). The GI for honey is between 48-55, whereas the GI for table sugar is between 58-65. This simply means that the sugar in honey can be absorbed into the bloodstream gradually, which results in better digestion, and less stress on the pancreas.
Did you know that honey bees perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide? Numerous crops like apples, cranberries, melons, broccoli and almonds would cease to exist without the hard-working bees’ contribution to our food system.
Since 2006 beekeepers around the world have been reporting losses of 30-90% of their honeybee colonies. Researchers have named this mysterious phenomenon Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Though the exact cause of CCD is still under investigation, many researchers believe that the widespread use of insecticides, ecosystem destruction through both human and natural interactions, and climate change all can be considered attributable forces to the loss of honeybee colonies. Thankfully, bee conservations and the issues surrounding colony collapse are moving to the forefront of our collective consciousness.
As a honey producer, Wedderspoon's goal is to deliver superior quality manuka and gourmet honey without burdening the environment or their friends the honeybees! Their bees are treated much the way we wish to be treated, with respect and dignity. They are, by extension, are part of the family and as such are treated accordingly.
Wedderspoon often hears from concerned customers who are anxious to help the bee population but don’t know where to start. Whether you’re a green thumb with a garden, or a city-dweller, they have compiled a list of ways you can partake in the effort to save the bees.
- Banning pesticides and chemicals from your garden creates an environment in which pollinators can thrive.
- Just like humans, bees love diversity in their diet! Try to plant a varied selection of plants to supply pollinators with an abundance of pollen and nectar.
- Along with a native plant species, plant an herb garden with anything in the mint family, including perennial sages, and allow them to flower to really attract native bee species.
- Make sure to avoid hybrid plant varieties as they often do not produce as much nectar or pollen as heirloom varieties!
- Create habitats for wild bees if you have the space – leave branches, bare ground and natural shelters for bees rather than landscaped and manicured lawns.
- Choose non-gmo and organic products whenever possible to support those who are also doing their part to help save the bees!
As advocates of bee preservation and conservation Wedderspoon has always believed that it is their duty to enact corporate sustainability initiatives aimed at diminishing their negative impact on the environment.
Each day, Wedderspoon takes steps to align their practices with their company-wide mission. They work to reduce waste and electrical use in their offices. They engage with sustainable courier services and energy providers. They pride themselves in adhering to sustainability best practices.
Their sustainability efforts also extend to their packaging, which is BPA-free and PVC-free and recyclable after use. They are constantly looking for ways to optimize their sustainability efforts; and they can confidently say that they are committed to the bees, to the planet and to you.
Wedderspoon sources its unadulterated, genuine raw honeys from the most pristine and remote locales in the world. On account of these high standards for authenticity and purity, Wedderspoon has crafted a reputation as the highest quality honey producer in the market. In their efforts to support bee conservation and sustainable honey production, they have teamed up with likeminded organizations to broaden their efforts and reach.
Wedderspoon supports the following initiatives: the Non-Gmo Project and the Rodale Institute.
In 2005, during a trip from the UK to visit her daughter Catherine in Canada, Diane Wedderspoon ran out of Manuka honey. Having taken the honey for years as part of her daily health regimen, Diane was shocked when she was unable to purchase her precious Manuka honey locally. A lengthy discussion on the powers of Manuka ensued, sparking husband and wife Sebastien and Catherine Martin’s interest in the rare New Zealand honey.
An extensive search on behalf of the Martins revealed the many benefits of Manuka, yet Manuka was proven to be quite difficult to find in the Canadian and US marketplace. So the Martins took action! They located beekeepers whose standards mirrored their own, and founded Wedderspoon to educate consumers on the many virtues of this incredibly rare and wondrous honey.
Fiona Nelson, a family friend from Catherine’s childhood in the UK, joined Wedderspoon in 2006 and opened its US office, expanding the brand into the most important natural product retailers in the nation and solidifying Wedderspoon’s reputation as the global leader of quality Manuka honey.
Since its conception in 2005, Wedderspoon has grown from a couple of varieties of Manuka honey to include over 35 products, all made of the highest quality honey and ingredients. In its continued expansion, Wedderspoon maintains its focus on providing excellent customer service, product education and support.
In 2012 Wedderspoon opened their offices in the United Kingdom in order to bring the world's finest honey to the European market, under the leadership of Catherine’s sister, Emma Cleary.
As a young, innovative company, Wedderspoon aligns its decision-making with the principles of ethical and sustainable honey production, the support of bee conservation and the goal of reducing its negative impact on the environment.
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Live Enzymes & Superfoods...
Experts agree it is a good idea to load up on whole foods that contain live enzymes. Organic Raw Unpasteurized Manuka Honey and other products from Wedderspoon offer you this opportunity... on top of being considered one of nature's top superfoods! You can't go wrong with something that is as sweet as Manuka Honey and so good for you!
Wedderspoon's Honey is 100% Raw Certified Organic by Ecocert Canada, recognized by Canadian Food Inspection Agency's new regulations on Organic policies for Canada and abroad. You can rest assured that their products contain only unpasteurized honey that has not been blended or mixed with other honeys. Only certified organic can guarantee this as honey board regulations in Canada and the USA do not regulate the import of honey for these major components.
Choosing Wedderspoon ManukaThe True Goodness Of Full Integrity = Wedderspoon
The True Goodness Of Full Integrity = Wedderspoon
A few years back, Wedderspoon noticed non-organic Manuka honeys appearing on the market with higher activity numbers, supplying a demand based on misinformation and cleverly deceptive marketing strategies, believing that the abnormally high activity numbers indicated on the Manuka Honey would work like supplements or vitamins.
Indeed, it is quite a shame that some "profits above all" mandate-oriented corporations are just more than willing to unethically and knowingly, deceive the health-seeking consumer in order to increase their profits. They would go to the extent of saying that the activity was reached by fermenting the honey. While they do not support fermentation as a healthy method for any food items, they also do not believe this is the true reason behind the high numbers found on the market place today.
At Wedderspoon, they consciously care about ethical company values and the optimum health of their product consumers. In that regard, they are not willing to support artificially higher Manuka honey activity levels, as they simply do not manipulate their Manuka honey through the damaging extreme hot & cold temperature gradient processes in order to provide risky, possibly dangerous higher activity levels. Therefore, since they have done their part in providing full, honest disclosure in order to respect their intelligent consumers, it is your reciprocal task as an informed, proactive consumer to know your activity numbers and educate others on what is out there.
Wedderspoon's role as an industry leading organically certified Manuka Honey provider is to wisely not tamper with the wisdom of Mother Nature and to ensure that their honey activity levels do not exceed 16+ because this is what we gather naturally from the Manuka flower. Currently, Wedderspoon is the one and only true voice of organically certified Manuka honeys and organic Manuka honey products, sourced from the South Island of New Zealand. Their line has also been known for its high quality for the last 7 years in Canada.
Organic Manuka Active vs. other brands
Therefore, they believe that their OMA (Organic Manuka Active) designation provides for a higher standard designation, due to their ethical processing techniques. Their smooth, raw, unpasteurized honey carries the full benefits of live, intact bee enzymes along with being very rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients. At Wedderspoon, they are able to achieve these unrivaled results due to taking the utmost care in preparing the Manuka honey and ensuring that their Manuka honey constantly maintains the highest leading average pollen count in the industry.
As far as the quality of the Manuka honey is concerned, most non-organic Manuka honey suppliers would rather focus on creating alternative marketing slogans such as touting their products as being "100% Pure New Zealand" in order to sell their products. Furthermore, the adage "Pure Manuka honey" is directly false because as normally occurs in nature, any type of honey, including Manuka, would contain at least 5% or more of a different non-Manuka source of floral pollen. This is due to none of the agricultural crops in the fields being actively controlled for extraneous wild flower pollen sources, as the Manuka flower bushes are often located nearby.
Authentic Manuka Pollen Counts
On average, Manuka honey typically would have a pollen count of about 70%. However, some other sources of Manuka honey are sold to various countries around the world in commercially sized large drums and are then manipulated or mixed with other local floral honeys. The next step that has been seen elsewhere is to double pasteurize the honey, which destroys the live beneficial enzymes, vitamins and minerals, which is easily noticed through the AMF testing method, mostly supported in the European Union. Finally, this significantly altered honey is then sold on the shelf in a liquid form, as it is seen today in the United Kingdom. In stark contrast, their latest batches of Manuka honey contain an average pollen count of 90%, which is the highest level in the industry today. On average, Wedderspoon has had its honey products tested for Manuka pollen count levels ranging between 85% and 95%, while the typical standard in the predominantly non-organic industry would be between 60% and 70%.
Stringent Organic Certification Bodies
Within the Manuka honey industry, manufacturers are generally aware that Manuka honey crystallizes within 24 hours of being extracted from the bee hives and the honey needs to be slowly heated in order to pour it into the jars. The double proofing verification under Organic Certification bodies such as Agri-Quality (NZ) and subsequently, by Ecocert Canada check to ensure that the organic Manuka honey does not reach a temperature exceeding 28 degrees Celsius or close to what we would have in our normal summers. This is an ideal temperature found to enable the pouring of the honey, while preserving its valuable raw and unpasteurized properties at the same time. The Organic Certification bodies also conduct the important checks for any traces of pesticides or chemical residues often found in non-organic honey, which is amazingly and disconcertingly, not checked for by the UMF Association! In addition, Organic Certification standards exceed those of Kosher standards because the latter permits for harmful chemicals or pesticides to be in the product.
Another important feature of Wedderspoon's Organic Manuka honey is that they adhere to strict organic beekeeping standards, which enables the bees to thrive in an environmentally safe and sound manner. Bees are a very important and critical part of many ecosystems throughout the world due to their pollinating abilities. Wedderspoon has access to an average of 1 million acres of land with its environmentally friendly bee hives in New Zealand. Due to the accessed acreage being established in the most remote places of New Zealand, the nearest industrial area would be located at a distance of more than 100 kilometers from any of the bee hive sites. Their vast coverage simply cannot be challenged by conventional, non-organic beekeepers on the North Island of New Zealand, which is where most of the commercially, non-organic Manuka honey is coming from.
Furthermore, they do not permit their beekeepers to implement harvesting "short-cuts" used by many non-organic beekeeping corporations. Conventional non-organic beekeeping involves feeding the bees a liquid form of white refined sugar from Indonesia in the wintertime, so the beekeepers can take 100% of the honey from the beehives. They believe this practice depletes the immune system of the bees and when 100% of the honey is removed every year, this stresses the whole colony and may potentially be responsible for the worldwide spread of Bee Colony Collapse Disorder or linked to the disappearance of bees (more research needs to be done in this field, obviously). Secondly, conventional non-organic beekeepers use toxic chemical strips in the beehives to rid them of harmful pests. Organic beekeepers ethically use organically approved methods to kill such pests, using either essential oils or other non-toxic solutions, which are usually three times more labour intensive, hence the higher cost for organically certified Manuka honey. If a substance or chemical is not good for the bees, how on earth can it be good for you or your loved ones?
Today, the Organic Manuka honeys produced by Wedderspoon have been used safely by many happy customers around the world, who have benefited from the highest "all-around" quality in terms of texture and certifications. We believe that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing right!
Wedderspoon uses the purest organic and raw ingredients available on the market place. They have carefully reviewed the efficiency and quality of each item going into the Wedderspoon brand. Governing bodies in New Zealand wrote that Wedderspoon honeys are coming from one of the purest region of the world. Wedderspoon thanks them for that and can only hope you can also keep spreading the word about them, not just the honey! Their success is the simple reflection of your choice, so they thank you for your continued support and are glad to see that their products work for you too!
Wedderspoon is committed to providing their customers with ethical, premium organically certified Manuka honey, other raw and rare specialty honeys New Zealand has to offer such as organic Rata, organic Dandelion and organic Beechwood Honey. Wedderspoon also recommends other customers' favorites like its Organic Manuka Lozenges (Kids and Adult), lip balms, soaps. Create a sensation in your home at your dinner parties or with your loved ones using Wedderspoon very unique homemade true Organic Manuka Beeswax candles! They come in all shape and sizes! Enjoy and Bee Happy shopping!