Manuka: The Biography of an Extraordinary Honey

Author(s): Cliff Van Eaton

NZ - Natural History

New Zealand's manuka honey is known around the world. It fetches extremely high prices, and beekeepers do everything in their power to produce as much of it as they can. Wound dressings containing manuka honey are used in leading hospitals, and it has saved the lives of patients infected with disease-causing bacteria that are resistant to standard antibiotic drugs. In so doing, it has forced the medical profession to re-think its position on the therapeutic properties of natural products. This book chronicles the remarkable 'rags-to-riches' story of manuka honey, as seen through the eyes of a beekeeping specialist who watched it unfold from the very beginning. It's a great science tale of an unassuming university lecturer and his hardworking lab assistant who found something totally unexpected in a product everyone had written off. And it's an entertaining account of the way that simple discovery magically caught the international media's attention, helping some enterprising New Zealanders with a love of bees to develop manuka honey-based products and take them to the rest of the world. The book describes the remarkable antibacterial and therapeutic properties of manuka and the range of uses it has.

Manuka honey seems to be able to cure just about everything from stomach ulcers, burns, diarrhoea and dysentery to tinea. This book also gives us the history of honey bees in NZ and looks at their future. A marvellously fascinating read. - Peter

Manuka honey in New Zealand and beyond, told in an extensively researched and interesting work. Get stuck into this sweet book this summer and I’m sure that you’ll be buzzing with excitement as your enthusiasm for natural New Zealand honey blossoms. - Dougal


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Shortlisted for Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize 2015.

Cliff Van Eaton emigrated from the USA and for over 30 years worked with the NZ Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Horticulture Crown Research Institute, and Comvita NZ. He was primary consultant for the National Beekeepers Association in the development of their National Pest Management Strategy for American Foulbrood, and has assisted beekeepers in other countries. He is a well-known writer on beekeeping, and is the co-author of two books on bee diseases.

General Fields

  • : 9781775591634
  • : Exisle Publishing
  • : Exisle Publishing
  • : September 2014
  • : 234mm X 151mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 641.38
  • : 240
  • : 50 colour photos
  • : Cliff Van Eaton
  • : Paperback
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