Manuka Honey's Healing Wonders: Coincidence or Cure? The fruit of bees is desired by all, and is equally sweet to kings and beggars and it is not only pleasing but profitable and healthful; it sweetens their mouths, cures their wounds, and conveys remedies to inward ulcers. – Saint Ambrose Discovering this liquid gold was due to desperation.
Scene was Summer 2010 in New Jersey. Cookies must be enabled. Broadcast Yourself. Record prices for Kiwi honey producers. The price of New Zealand honey is at a record high after poor summer weather and an increase in global demand.
Manuka honey, highly sought after for its known health properties, and other native floral honeys have been the worst affected. Neil Stuckey, owner of Waitemata Honey Co and northern representative for the National Beekeepers Association of New Zealand, estimates the overall honey crop will be down 30 percent this year, with manuka between 60 and 70 percent down. According to a MAF apiculture report New Zealand produced 9450 tonnes of honey in the year to June 2011, and honey exports earned $101.6 million. Prices have risen sharply as a result of the disappointing season and Mr Stuckey says beekeepers who received $10 a kilo for manuka honey last year are now receiving $15. "Bees like nice still days and warm weather and a lot of flowers don't yield nectar if the ground temperatures don't get up to a certain level.
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