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Old 05-22-2012, 11:14 PM   #11
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Pickup, though not all that local, took two cars to do it! Manuka isnt so much expensive because of shipping as much as the extra medical benefits that have been discovered, such like putting it on cuts etc. I dont think the cost was so high before...

 
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:05 AM   #12
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Pickup, though not all that local, took two cars to do it! Manuka isnt so much expensive because of shipping as much as the extra medical benefits that have been discovered, such like putting it on cuts etc. I dont think the cost was so high before...
I haven't read what the exact, perceived health benefits are supposed to be, but its not putting it on cuts........that's one that's supposed to apply to all honey. I recall something about other "apparent" benefits but the cost is to do with that and relative rarity outside New Zealand. Whether the health claims are supported or more hippy mumbo jumbo, I can't say..........just that the higher the "manuka factor" the more bloody expensive it is......
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:23 AM   #13
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Yeah, not entirely sure of the benefits either, hence the vagueness of my last post, should maybe hit google.

 
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:15 PM   #14
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Did a search, seems there is regular and there is active manuka honey, if I read correctly it's only supposed to be considered "active" if it has a "umf" rating of +10 to +16, less than +10 I guess it just doesnt have the miracle cure all aspect as it said that +10 and higher is suitable for "serious" conditions.

http://manukahoney.com/

that site has a list of all the things it is said to cure or prevent but note that they all start with "studies are showing that...." no where does it really say manuka honey is the ****, eat a teaspoon a day and you will never have to worry about any bad bacteria again.

but the claims and personal testimonies are enough to drive the price through the roof by taking it out of the category of food that is already good for you like all honey unless somehow you are allergic into medicinal applications.

It has a lot to do with market demand as well like FB said, in new zealand its as readily available as clover honey is in the united states so in and of itself it's not technically a rare varietal
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:23 PM   #15
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I Live in New Zealand, always have and can tell you what a Manuka mead is like ....

Not that great in comparrision to other honeys
Infact I had some well aged Havills Manuka mead, and it didn't take my fancy .. I much prefered some of my own stuff
I much prefer our native bush honey ( Rewarewa )
It has a subtle smokey / malt taste
Dont know how you'd go about getting some though

Manuka is just a hyped up type of honey we sell off to Asia and the States for stupid money, that's my view and I cant speak for amazing health benefits.

Heres a link of honey types I get locally, just for interest
http://www.aratakihoneyhb.co.nz/range/honeyland.html

I recently started a Kamahi batch ;-)

 
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:28 PM   #16
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Thanks for the post! I already have a batch of rewarewa mead on the go as they stock it at paynes, good to hear it makes a good mead!

 
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:51 PM   #17
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Excellent!
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:56 PM   #18
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While we're on the subject, i was considering making a batch of snake oil mead. Anyone ever try it?

 
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:27 AM   #19
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Nope never tried it but panacea could be a good name for it, market it as the temporary cure for EVERYTHING, take two bottles and call me in the morning for a refill.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:39 AM   #20
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Anybody remember "Simpson and son revitalizing tonic"?

 
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