You probably know honey as the sweet sludge that comes in friendly bear-shaped bottles, but you haven't lived until you've tried raw honey, a thick, high-protein spread that blows the processed stuff out of the water.
Perhaps you're a more cultured sugar connoisseur, though, and are seeking a new, more exotic honey to add to your cabinet.
Manuka honey is here to change your life. Or at least the way you treat wounds. More on that to come.
What's manuka honey, and how is it different from the regular kind?
Manuka honey comes from the other side of the world -- it's made by bees that feed mostly on the nectar of the manuka tree, which is native to Australia and New Zealand, but true manuka honey itself comes from New Zealand.
The manuka tree is also known as the tea tree, and produces a medicinal oil from its leaves. When bees use the manuka tree's nectar to make honey, the result exhibits strong antibacterial properties, which make it a powerful, functional food that could be kept in your medicine cabinet as well as in your kitchen.
Manuka honey is particularly good for wounds
While many varieties of honey have been known for centuries to help the wound-healing process, manuka seems to be particularly effective because of unique compounds present in it, one of which is methylglyoxal. Many others remain unidentified, but what's clear is that manuka is superior to your run-of-the-mill honey when it comes to treating cuts, burns, and sores.