The Manuka Flower - Where it Begins
During a 2-6 week period, peaking in mid-December (the start of Summer down in New Zealand), Manuka is in bloom. Individual flowers may only be open for 5 days - making a very short window for bees to collect nectar from the flower.
In addition to the rarity of the bloom, and the hard-to-get-to places where Manuka bushes grow naturally, it also takes bees around 22,700 individual trips to the Manuka Flowers to collect enough nectar to create one 17.6 oz (500g) jar of Manuka Honey. One bee may only collect enough nectar to make ⅕ teaspoon of honey in their lifespan, and one hive may have 40,000 bees collecting nectar to convert into honey.
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All NZ Bees Honey is Produced at our own Production Facility