Manuka Honey History

Is it better to take Royal Jelly as a liquid or powder?

We’re often asked whether it’s better to take Royal Jelly in a liquid form or a powder form.  There are a few things to consider so in this blog we’ll outline the choices so you can choose what works for you. First though, what is Royal Jelly?  Royal Jelly is a unique food source exclusively for the Queen Bee which is designed to help her with fertility and a long and healthy life.  It’s packed full of rich in key amino acids and vitamins, especially the B Vitamins & Folic Acid.  It is believed that Royal Jelly is particularly beneficial for women. So, which form is more effective? Royal Jelly in its natural state is in liquid form – that’s how the Queen Bee consumes it, so does it make more sense to take it in powder form?  Royal Jelly powder is freeze-dried at the source which results in some…

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What is the KFactor Manuka Honey rating system?

We’re often asked the differences between the different types of Manuka Honey rating systems, and so in this article, we thought we’d focus on the Wedderspoon KFactor rating system. Manuka Honey rating systems background Firstly, and most importantly, all Wedderspoon Manuka Honey complies with the New Zealand Government’s Ministry of Primary Industries regulations, called the Manuka scientific definition, or sometimes known as Manuka5 certification.  The Ministry of Primary Industries act in the same way as our UK DEFRA government department, in so much as they ensure all food producers and particularly exporters comply to all the required regulations including premises inspections and scientific tests for the raw or finished product.  The Manuka Honey regulations are strict as it is a key export from New Zealand, which has been damaged by the wake of fake Manuka Honey flooding the UK marketplace 10 years ago.  All Manuka Honey exported from New Zealand…

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Beekeeping History in New Zealand

The practice of beekeeping has been discussed for centuries worldwide, but today we’d like to share the rich history of beekeeping practices in New Zealand. Early roots in the 19th Century It all started with a British woman called Mary Bumby, the sister of a British Missionary who accompanied her brother John when he looked after the Mangungu Mission Station, in colonial days.  Then Isaac Hopkins, “the father of honey”, saw the importance of honey between the bees and the Māoris, and how it was used to trade other food, and so began the first commercial beekeeping trade.  Isaac then decided to bring honeybee hives and the traditional European beekeeping methods to New Zealand around the mid-19th Originally New Zealand only had two species of bee, neither of which could produce honey.  The introduction of honeybees from Europe allowed them to become the dominating species in honey production and pollination…

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