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If youâve ever wondered what it would be like to dip your finger straight into the honeycomb, itâs time for you to try Steens Manuka Honey! As New Zealandâs leading producer of high-grade UMF manuka honey, our raw, cold-pressed, unpasteurized, and minimally processed honey is just as nature intended â raw taste, grainy texture, and full of flavour.
With nearly 40 years of beekeeping experience, we know how to make a higher quality manuka honey. Unlike other honeys, Steens is cold processed, which means we donât heat our honey to high temperatures, thereby preserving nutritional properties. Additionally, we employ a unique filtering system that allows us to retain âBee Breadâ â a food rich in b vitamins and amino's â in our honey."p" Steens Manuka honeys are all tested to meet the NZ Governmentâs Manuka honey standard definition published by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), so you can be assured that you are buying REAL Manuka honey. Whether you are looking for more or less UMF/MGO, Steens has you covered. Choose from our full line of honeys which include MGO 83+, UMF 10+ (MGO 263+), UMF 15+ (MGO514+), UMF 20+ (MGO 829+), UMF 22+ (MGO 971+), or UMF 24+ (MGO 1122+). We also gives you the ability to trace your honey to the hive where it was collected. Simply follow the trace code on your label and discover the location where the bees collected your honey! "p" Order your Steens Manuka Honey today, and discover what itâs like to dip your finger straight into the honeycomb! "p" MULTIPLE USES: Our Manuka can be used as a homemade remedy for skincare and DIY beauty and wellness regimes "p" TASTE THE DIFFERENCE: If you enjoy other honey types, e.g. Brazilian Sour, Acacia, Australian Jarrah â Try Steensâ offering to discover the unique texture and rich aroma. "p" Don't believe us? Here's what others are saying about our honey:
âCouldnât be without this multi-purpose wonder!â
âThis honey is the best I've ever tasted! My kids call it liquid gold and can't get enough!â
Raw and Unpasteurized to retain all the goodness - just as nature intended!
CRAFTING NEW ZEALANDS FINEST MANUKA HONEY
At Steens we believe nature knows best and that is why all we do to our honey is separate the wax from our honey â the rest is yours. We use our proprietary whole comb technology to do this, which scrapes the honey frame rather than pricking it to get more of the goodness out.
This takes a lot more time and care but when dealing with one of the worldâs most premium honeys, we believe itâs worth the effort!
BENEFITS OF STEENS RAW HONEY
Our minimal processing and low temperature technique does not denature the natural benefits
in our honey which means Steens honey has:
Crushed whole honeycomb. Our unique extraction technology only removes the wax â nothing else.
STEENS PROPRIETARY WHOLE COMB TECHNOLOGY
At Steens we saw an opportunity to improve on conventional honey extraction techniques to put more honey from the hive in a pot. Over a period of years we developed a different method of harvesting using a custom built extraction machine. This allows us to deliver more of the nutritional properties from the complete honeycomb â thus the name Whole Comb.
Using our proprietary Whole Comb Technology we minimally process once without the need for secondary processing like other companies do. We scrape the honeycomb from our bee frames including any crystallized honey, pollen, bee bread and wax. To separate the wax we use only temperatures that naturally occur in the beehive and centrifugal force. We donât use high temperatures like mainstream honeyâs do. After going through a coarse filter, to remove any impurities, our honey is ready to pack and eat!
Independently certified UMF purity amp; quality.
WHAT IS UMF MANUKA HONEY?
UMF is a quality mark and grading system that assures the purity of the Manuka honey you are buying.
It uses the most comprehensive and transparent test currently available for Manuka honey. It appraises a number of natural markers found in Manuka Honey to assure its purity and quality.
In order to be certified UMF, Steens tests for Manuka markers across 4 different spectrums, including the recently discovered Leptosperin marker â (which is unique to Manuka) - as well as other compounds such as Methylglyoxal (MGO).
Steens - as part of the UMF association, has the rights to test exclusively for this key characteristic of Manuka honey.
This clearly differentiates UMF graded honey as a truly genuine Manuka honey.
Offering you a deeper connection to your honeys true source.
TRACE HONEY BACK TO THE HIVE
Here at Steens we believe every consumer has the right to know where their food has come from, and our traceability program intends to deliver on this belief. Our Hive Tracker technology gives us a unique research capability that is a world first, enabling us to continually monitor our hives and improve the way we do business.
This technology was an industry first that not only tracks every hive and its components, but offers you a deeper connection to your honeys New Zealand source. That's because every pot of Steens honey is printed with a unique code which can be used to trace your honey back to the New Zealand region our family harvested it from.
Our determination is to bring to the world a Honey entirely honest in nature, by keeping it RAW without the need for secondary processing. Subjecting Manuka to high temperatures just isn't in our thinking!
Numerous research studies have shown that certain food properties are sensitive to temperatures above 118Â°F / 47.7Â°. It is for this reason that foods cannot be called ârawâ where they have been exposed to anything above this temperature. But there is more to achieving a ârawâ status with honey! Whilst pasteurization is all about temperature, raw is additionally about maintaining the honey as it exists in the beehive. And to achieve a raw honey one must not fine filter the honey, as this removes the nutritious bee bread, pollens, minerals and other 100% natural properties.
UNPASTURISED VS RAW HONEY
Unfortunately, not all honey brands adopt these standards and we currently have a situation where the labeling of honey can be misleading with the lines being blurred between a honey which is pasteurized, unpasteurized and raw. For example, a honey producer could process their honey at 122Â°F / 50Â°C, which can be labeled 'unpasteurized' but due to the honey going through a heat treament above 118 Â°F / 47.7Â°C the honey should not be classed as raw honey. Likewise, if the honey was finely filtered, regardless of temperature the honey was processed at, it should not be called raw.
HOW RAW IS YOUR HONEY?
The above thermometer features the typical Manuka honey pasteurization and âcreamingâ process temperatures. At Steens, we are passionate about maintaining our honeys natural integrity with all its beneficial properties intact! To achieve this we only maintain temperatures that naturally occur in the beehive while minimally processing our honey.
STEENS RAW HONEY vs PASTEURISED/CREAMED HONEY
ALL THIS BEGS THE QUESTION - WHY PASTEURISE OR EVEN HEAT HONEY?
Honey is pasteurised to control crystallisation and eliminate the honey spoiling by neutralizing yeast cells however in doing so it destroys some of the nutritional benefits. We manage yeast through specific quality management processes when managing the hives. Most Manuka honeys marketed as raw honey are in fact creamed honeys that have been heated several times and pasteurised at 66Â°C / 150Â°F.
To determine if your honey has been pasteurised or raw - ask the brand what the maximum temperature their honey has been processed and has it been filtered?
CONVENTIONAL EXTRACTION â WHAT IT LEAVES BEHIND
The conventional method of honey extraction for Manuka is known as âprick and spinâ, this technique involves piercing the individual honey cells, then inserting the frame into a centrifugal spinner and forcing the liquid honey out. This process leaves the honey cells (wax) mostly intact on the bee frames but is wasteful in that it also leaves behind the nutritious bee bread, pollen and a higher percentage of honey.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY
At Steens our family bee keeping operations, extraction and packing facilities are all based under the same roof at our modern facility based in the Wairarapa, New Zealand. Having full control over our product has allowed us to do things differently.
THE BENEFITS OF WHOLE COMB
...WITH BEE BREAD
Bee Bread is among one of the oldest dietary supplements known to man. It is widely recognised as a nourishing and complete natural food. Steens honey is unique to other Manuka honeys because it contains the highest levels of a substance called bee bread. You may have already heard about bee pollen and how nutritious it is.
Bee bread is the result of plant pollen that is taken into the hive by the bees. The bees add honey to pollen stored within the honeycomb. It then undergoes a process which breaks down the hard outer shell of plant pollen, making it easier for humans to digest. Bee bread is the food the worker bees use to make royal jelly.
At Steens our Whole Comb technology retains high levels of this precious substance within our honey.
But unlike most knights in shining armour, this guy was on a pushbike and the damsel in distress had a flat tyre. He was a butcher, she was a teacher and he thought she was a honey and so the story begins...
Living on New Zealandâs beautiful coastline the newlyweds were young and full of dreams. Bees captured their imagination and their burgeoning career in beekeeping began. Butcher in residence was no longer, Sheryl continued teaching so they could eat.
Soon after buying their first 3 beehives their company began to grow wings - literally millions of them. They were growing at a rapid rate and so was the family - now six! Looking back they were challenging but exciting times.
Then in the 1980âs, Dr Peter Molan at the University of Waikato revealed the unique properties of Manuka honey.
Steens focused on this incredible honey, they were one of the founding beekeepers of the AMHA (Active Manuka Honey Association) now known as the UMF association. 36 years later Steens continues to play a critical role in the industry.
It was Paul and Sheryl's passion for bees and their endeavour for a healthy, sustainable lifestyle that was the beginning of Steens. It was these same convictions that lead them to keep their honey raw and in itâs purest form.
Paul amp; Sheryl were dis-heartened to see inferior honey being labelled as Manuka. They wanted to give their family the very best honey that nature provided and they wanted to share that with everyone.
So they set out to develop a better way to minimally process their honey, one that ensured all the natural and fresh properties of the honeycomb were retained. The result was achieved via a modern take on the traditional honey press with a proprietary process now known as Steens whole comb technology.
âItâs just like dipping your finger straight into the honeycomb!'
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