Every year over 6 times as much manuka honey (10,000 tons) is sold than is produced (1,700 tons). Research conducted for The Sunday Times, last week, confirms that much of the honey sold as manuka is not, in fact, manuka at all.

The researchers analysed hundreds of different types of honey, using mass spectrometry, to identify the compounds which are unique to manuka honey. As a result of this research, Fortnum & Mason has removed its own-brand manuka honey from its shelves. Honey sold by Holland & Barrett (Holland & Barrett’s Real Honey Company 15+ manuka); and Amazon (Nelson 30+ Honey) also failed the tests.

Incidentally, New Zealand honey exports have risen five-fold over the last decade (from £37m a year in 2008 to £184m).