Leptospermum sp Honey (Manuka) - a brief introduction

 

 

The chemical properties of honey is often referred to as its chemical fingerprint. The fingerprint of honey is dependent on the floral source of the nectar, growing conditions and environmental stress. Biomedical research has shown some of the properties of honey produced from the Leptospermum sp shrub are more stable than in other honeys. It is also the most cited honey in clinical research. The genus of Leptospermum, of which there are 86 species, is believed to have originated on the East coast of Australia and subsequently dispersed to New Zealand (1), New Guinea and South East Asia (4). Of the 86 species, 81 are endemic to Australia (http://www.anbg.gov.au/leptospermum/index.html).

Honey from Leptospermum sp is dark amber in colour, has a strong flavour and is often referred to as Manuka or Jellybush honey because of its thick jell like properties.

 

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