In Part 2 of our look at the Manuka honey industry, we explored the realities of fake versions arriving here in America. We also showed the statistics projecting how many completely faux versions of Manuka are out there, including the real deal being in shorter supply lately.
What’s the answer to this if you’re concerned about the Manuka honey you’re buying? The better bet is to buy raw honey locally.
Here’s why that’s the best thing you can do right now.
Being Unsure of Getting Real Manuka Honey
With the earlier stunning statistic that millions of fake Manuka honey products are out there on store shelves, how do you know what’s real? One way to know is to look at the label. If citing ingredients ethically, it should just say “Honey” as the main ingredient without any additives.
If you see other ingredients added, stay away. This is already a warning sign with pasteurized (or processed) honey.
It’s this kind of honey you’ve seen sold on grocery store shelves for decades. No doubt you’ve grown up with it without realizing it’s not really raw.
True 100% Manuka honey is only the raw kind. Nevertheless, buying localized raw honey works much the same way. Even that can end up being pasteurized to a point where all its healthful qualities disappear.
Buying Locally to Support Local Farmers
Giving back to the local business community is important if you want them to survive and thrive in your region. Honey farmers are a good example of this, including those who sell their honey like us at Artie’s Harvest.
Most important of all is when you buy locally, you know you’re getting better quality honey. Buying it raw guarantees you’re getting 100% of the nutritional value it provides. Also, the price isn’t quite as high as it is being shipped from overseas.
While raw honey is usually priced higher than pasteurized honey, it’s more than worth it when you know you’re not getting a raw deal, so to speak.
When it comes to Manuka honey, is it really more superior nutritionally than buying raw honey locally in the U.S.?
Local Raw Honey is Just as Healthy
Yes, it’s true Manuka honey does have Methylglyoxal, a unique compound that can easier help in the healing of wounds.
Manuka is sometimes used in the medical industry to heal wounds, though care is always needed if using it on your own. Nevertheless, the antimicrobial aspects are well-noted.
The thing is, all raw honey has, generally, the same elements. Even buying raw honey here in the U.S. Pacific Northwest can give you many of the same things.
Wildflower raw honey, in particular, has the same powerful nutrition, if often tasting different based on the flowers used. Because multiple wildflowers are usually blended, the taste can differ slightly to discerning tastebuds.
Manuka’s taste is often described as slightly bitter, making it not quite as sweet as other types of honey. Taking this into consideration can help you make a smarter buying decision.
Reliable Sources for Local Honey
Some grocery stores sell local raw honey from your area. It’s best to go through local supplier websites to buy directly.
Here at Artie’s Harvest, we’re here to help bring you the best of raw honey from the Pacific Northwest. There isn’t any better source to help you get wildflower honey besides, one of the sweetest varieties available.
We also sell our raw honey in one to five-gallon buckets, helping you buy in bulk to stock up for a lifetime.