This seed is collected in Northland NZ from wild populations of naturally occurring Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum in an area were honey is harvested with high levels of MGO (Methylglyoxal), DHA (dihydroxyacetone)
MGO (Methylglyoxal) Scientific research has now proven that the naturally occurring compound methylglyoxal is what gives Manuka honey its unique Antibacterial Activity. It is found in high quantities in only some New Zealand Manuka Honey
DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) A Naturally occurring compound that is found in high quantities in Manuka flower nectar and honey. A precursor for Methylglyoxal.
The unique antibacterial activity in Manuka honey across the Northland region is among the highest and most consistent of any region of New Zealand.
Shrub or small tree up to 5 m in height. Bark grey, peeling in long flakes. Wood red. Branches numerous, Young branches, young leaves and flower buds clad in long silky, grey hairs. Leaves leathery very dark green, narrowly lanceolate 10-15 x 1-2 mm, apex drawn out into a long stiff, sharp point, Flowers solitary in leaf axils, up to 20 mm diameter. Receptacle red or pink. Petals usually flushed pink or wholly pink, occasionally white or dark red. Stamens numerous. Capsule, long persistent and woody, 8 to 10 mm. Easily distinguished from all other New Zealand and Australian forms of L. scoparium by the erect shrub habit, silky hairy leaves and stems, pink or pink flushed flowers, and by the very large seed capsule.
Manuka Honey Research and information
Methylglyoxal (MG) and dihydroxyacetone (DHA) have become linked with manuka honey. They are strongly related to the activity of manuka honey, which we measure as NPA/UMF. This article gives some explanation of how the activity of manuka honey is measured, and how MG and DHA fit with this.
Manuka Honey Labelling systems explained