When it comes to buying Manuka honey in Singapore, there are hundreds of different brands, grades and types of manuka honey to choose from. As a Manuka honey lover, you may be at loss when it comes to choice.
Manuka honey is produced when bees pollinate the flower Leptospermum scoparium or the Manuka bush, which is native to Australia and New Zealand. However, there have been several instances of honey manufacturers who have diluted, contaminated or mislabelled such products.
The practice of adding these additives has occurred recently even in some Manuka sold in Singapore and worldwide. For example, on 26th February 2016, the Straits Times published an article about how the AVA recalled Evergreen Life Ltd Manuka Honey products due to unapproved additives used.
Thus, while Manuka honey has several beneficial properties, it is important to understand the source and supply of the honey that is available in the market to benefit from these health properties.
Furthermore, as Manuka honeys do not have a standardised international grading, it becomes even more difficult to compare between different brands. In addition, if you are looking to buy organic Manuka honey, do take note that there is no national standard or definition in Singapore of organic food. All the more, we need to be more vigilant about the type of Manuka honey we purchase.
Buying Manuka Honey in Singapore
Here are some factors that you need to take into account when buying Manuka honey in Singapore:
- Grading of Manuka Honey
As there is no standardised grading, most Manuka honeys follow one of the rating systems to ensure purity of the honey:
Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) tests for the presence of key signature markers of Manuka honey - Leptosperin, Methylglyoxal(MGO) and Dihydroxyacetone - and its grading number is based on the combination of these markers. Generally, the higher the UMF number, the more prevalent the presence of Manuka honey attributes.
MGO: Manuka honey can also be graded for the amount of MGO compounds found in the product. The higher the MGO content, the higher the grade and quality of honey.
Total Activity is the degree of antibacterial activity of the Manuka honey compared to a standard disinfectant solution. The higher the TA rating, the stronger or more effective the honey is in killing bacteria.
- Choosing Organic Manuka Honey in Singapore
As mentioned above, there is no official standard or definition of organic food in Singapore at the moment. Thus imported goods can be claimed as organic and certified outside of Singapore before entering the country. However, as there is no official body that regulates this, it is the onus of the supplier and customer to check and ensure that foods are genuinely organic as claimed.
The best way to know if your organic foods are truly organic is to check whether they are labelled as ‘certified organic’. Certified organic suppliers have to go through a series of stringent third-party checks and audits in each part of the production process to ensure that the food harvested does not contain chemicals like fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, additives and GMOs, and are really organic.
Each food supplier can then obtain a certification and certification number for their organic foods that can be verified through each international organic association in their country.
- Source of Manuka Honey
Another important factor to consider is the source of the organic food supply and where it is harvested. Most reputable organic farmers disclose this information to their consumers through their website and marketing materials for more transparency and education. For example, harvesting honey from an untouched farming area in New Zealand can affect the quality of the honey being produced.
- Sustainability Practices during Honey Harvesting
Beekeepers who take care of their bees and work with them to harvest honey sustainably ensure a longer lasting supply of pure Manuka honey for the future. By working with bees to harvest honey only when honey contains about 20% or less in moisture and not earlier, honey can be harvested and stored over a longer period of time without fermenting.
Beekeepers also take care of their bees by not feeding them sugar, corn syrup, or antibiotics that may affect the bees’ health and gut microbiome and the honey they produce. This ensures greater purity of the honey that is produced, as it is not contaminated by any additives.
How to buy Manuka honey in Singapore
When it comes to buying Manuka honey in Singapore, Nature’s Glory organic Manuka honeys check all the above factors when it comes to the purity of the product.
For Nature’s Glory, we offer the best quality certified organic Manuka honey certified by NASAA and AgriQuality NZ (now AsureQuality NZ). Nature’s Glory Manuka Honey is tested by New Zealand government-accredited laboratories for TA and is certified organic based upon International Organic Standards. No sugar, antibiotics or chemicals are added to the honey. We offer Manuka honey with a TA rating of 15+ and 30+.
Nature’s Glory is one of the pioneers of the organic movement in Singapore since 1991 and our Organic New Zealand Manuka Honey Bioactive 15+ Nature's Glory and Organic New Zealand Manuka XO Honey Bioactive 30+ Nature's Glory are two of our best-selling items.
In addition, we pride ourselves on our 100% Organic Assurance to provide our customers with quality food products. By buying our certified organic Manuka honey in Singapore, you are buying into the assurance of 100% pure Manuka honey and all its accompanying health benefits.