It is derived from the manuka tree in southeastern Australia and New Zealand, and it is supposed to have healing properties. But what is it really about? Swide has all the info you need to figure out whether you need it in your pantry…
the new elixir?
Novak Djokovic in his book “Serve to win” reveals one of his health-obsessions is Manuka honey from New Zealand. Even Scarlett Johansson announced it is one of her beauty secrets (does she need any?): the Manuka Honey is the new healthy food to get. Derived from the manuka tree in southeastern Australia and New Zealand this honey – which sells for up to £45 for a 500g jar is produced by bees whose hives are placed near flowering wild Manuka bushes that grow mostly on New Zealand’s North Island. Until 1981, when a New Zealand scientist found it had powerful anti-microbial properties, it was classed as a low-grade honey and used in cattle feed.
What is unique to it is its “non-peroxide” anti-microbial activity. In recent tests, in fact, conducted at Sydney University’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, manuka honey killed every type of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant “superbugs”.
Manuka Honey’s flowers
Sterilized Manuka has been also shown to help skin to heal when used in wound dressings. However, there is no clinical evidence that eating Manuka honey aids health.
The first ones to spot its curative properties were Maori, and some of their remedies are still used today. The good thing about it is that even if diluted or heated it doesn’t lose its properties. Manuka Honey is also considered to be antioxidant and antiviral.
Be aware, though, as with many of these types of products there are many frauds, so make sure you are really buying Manuka Honey. How to do it? Well, it’s hard. The team at the Waikato Honey Research Unit are refining testing methods to identify and rate the potency of different manuka honeys. One certified website we can suggest is the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association and also this specialized, Manuka Honey, where you can also buy some of it. This website also reports the importance of the UMF rating system that guarantees that the honey has been tested and verified for its antibacterial activity by the University of Waikato in New Zealand.
You can use the Manuka Honey orally or topically. Manuka honey can be applied topically to the skin as a balm for skin infections, bites and cuts. Take a spoonful orally to help soothe the throat and digestive tract. Eat it as you would with any other honey product to maintain general health. The only cons is that the use of Manuka Honey is forbidden to children under 18 months because pasteurized honey is a known source of bacterial spores that produce a toxin which can cause infant botulism.
Below, here is some suggestion for its use.
Honey BBQ Sauce
2 cups prepared BBQ sauce (store brand or home made)
1/2 cup manuka honey
1 tsp. mustard Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil,
reduce heat and simmer 5 min. Use for chicken, steak,
vegetarian patties, lamb, turkey, or venison.
Honey Nut Stir-Fry
1 pound chicken or turkey cut in strips
3/4 cup orange juice
1/3 cup orange blossom honey
3 Tsp. Bragg’s Amino’s or Soy Sauce
1 Tsp. corn starch
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
2 Tsp. grape seed oil
2 large carrots sliced diagonally
2 stalks celery sliced diagonally
1/2 cup nuts (your choice) Mix orange juice, honey,
Bragg’s Amino’s corn starch and ginger in small bowl.
Heat 1 Tsp of oil and stir-fry carrots and celery for 3 min and set aside. Heat 1 Tsp. of oil and stir-fry chicken strips for 3-5 min. Return vegetables to skillet, add honey-orange sauce
and nuts, heat until sauce comes to a boil and thickens. Serve with wild rice.
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