Why is Manuka Honey So Expensive?

If you’ve been to a health store or even Costco you may have noticed that the prices for Manuka honey differ greatly from the common honey you find at the grocery store. This difference in price and health properties are because of the uniqueness of the manuka bush that the bees pollinate. This plant has a limited range, primarily centered in New Zealand. It's one of the most expensive exports from New Zealand with a price of $1,000 per kilogram.


The cost of shipping goods out of New Zealand and Australia also play a factor in its expense.

Manuka Honey Vs Other Types of Honey

Manuka honey has a compound called dietary methylglyoxal in it. This is a bioactive material that is thought to help with various ailments and has antibacterial properties.


Sustainability of Manuka Honey


The New Zealand Manuka Group, which is one of the organizations that harvest this special honey, designed their operations with sustainability in mind. They focus on limiting the environmental impact of the manuka honey farms and carefully choose the sites that they place the bees. The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association has several standards in place that are necessary to earn a quality trademark.

Why People Love Manuka Honey


  • Helps with wound healing for people and some animals: The antibacterial properties and the acidic environment it creates can speed up the healing process for wounds and burns. In the United States, manuka honey has FDA approval for this purpose. It's sometimes used by veterinarians as a way to create a moist wound dressing.
  • Fights bad mouth bacteria: Bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease come from harmful bacteria in that part of your body. Manuka honey can destroy these problematic organisms without causing a lot of problems with beneficial bacteria.
  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory: This type of honey also has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe sore throats and decrease some pain associated with inflammation.


Manuka honey's popularity is well-deserved, but it also makes this product increasingly expensive. As new farms develop and other areas are prepared for the manuka bush, the supply will hopefully increase to match the demand.




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