Leptospermum scoparium High-NPA-Westland
Manuka seed from high MGO, DHA honey collection area Westland NZ
Height - 5m
This seed is collected in Westland NZ from wild populations of naturally occurring Leptospermum scoparium in an area were honey is harvested with high levels of MGO (Methylglyoxal), DHA (dihydroxyacetone) The Manuka from this area is an unnamed variety of Leptospermum scoparium.
MGO (Methylglyoxal) Scientific research has now proven that the naturally occurring compound methylglyoxal is what gives Manuka honey its unique Antibacterial Activity. It is found in high quantities in only some New Zealand Manuka Honey
DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) A Naturally occurring compound that is found in high quantities only in Manuka flower nectar and honey. A precursor for Methylglyoxal.
The Native New Zealand Manuka from this area is an unnamed variety. It has a bushy dense form grows to about 3m with narrowly lanceolate leathery Leaves. Thought to be closely related to Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum and or Leptospermum scoparium var. linifolium the two varieties that are linked to high NPA activity in Manuka honey from the Northland and Waikato regens of New Zealand
Manuka Honey Research
Methylglyoxal (MG) and dihydroxyacetone (DHA) have become linked with manuka honey. They are strongly related to the activity of manuka honey, which we measure as NPA/UMF. This article gives some explanation of how the activity of manuka honey is measured, and how MG and DHA fit with this.
Manuka Honey Labelling systems explained
Approximate viable seed per gram:More than 1000
Packets of 100 seeds $18
5 grams $42
100 grams $810
How to Grow
Recommended pre germination seed treatment:
Seed germinates without pre treatment. Sow seed direct from packet & keep moist until germination is complete.