The most popular liquid gold
Mossop’s Manuka honey is a blend honey sourced from various areas throughout the North Island from two closely related plants, Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium)
and Kanuka (Kunzea ericoides
) both of which are commonly referred to as Tea tree.
Manuka shrubs grow up to 4 meters in height and can be found in many different lowland habitats including wetlands, riversides and hillsides. They are very tolerant of drought, waterlogging, strong winds and frost.
Manuka shrubs have sharp-tipped leaves, large, solitary white or pink-flushed flowers, with distinctive, dark red stamens.
Although superficially similar to Manuka, Kanuka trees can grow up to 15 meters tall and are common throughout lowland and mountain scrub. It has many tolerances and grows well on all soil types except waterlogged soils.
Kanuka leaves lack the sharp tip of Manuka and its flowers are usually solitary but occur in clusters with a much longer stamen. Identifying the different plants is often difficult even for experienced observers.
Manuka varies in colour from light to dark amber and has a strong herbaceous flavour.