PRODUCT REVIEW: 

KIVA RAW MANUKA HONEY

UMF 20+ / MGO 829+

The manuka honey market is a growing and competitive business. Though not the largest player, Kiva's manuka honey consistently ranks at or near the top of customer satisfaction and best taste surveys. Kiva source their manuka honey directly from the most abundant manuka bush growing regions of New Zealand.

In this article, we take a close look at Kiva’s UMF 20+ Manuka honey which represents their premium product. 

Who is KIVa?

Kiva is an international superfoods manufacturer who provides unique food products from all over the world to their customers.  Manuka honey is a part of their range, which also includes acai berry powder, cacao powder,camu camu berry powder, chia seeds and maca powder. They are a boutique manuka supplier, with their manuka honey being sourced from the most abundant coastal and forest inland manuka bush areas of New Zealand’s North Island. 

Kiva are committed to producing top quality products that are as pristine and natural as possible. As a result, they use such non invasive processing methods as freeze drying and low temp processing. None of their range features added sugars, fillers or additives. The entire Kiva range is also GMO free. 

Kiva work directly with local New Zealand beekeepers to ensure that the most sustainable manuka honey processes are carried out. All of their manuka honey products are UMF certified. 

Product overview:

Kiva UMF 20+ Manuka Honey is the ultra premium honey that the company produces. It is sourced from beehives located in the remote coastal and forested inland regions of New Zealand’s North Island where the best manuka bushes grow wildly. During the prime 6 week harvesting period they work with local New Zealand beekeepers to locate their hives in the vicinity of these manuka bushes for maximum pollination. This manuka honey is monofloral meaning that it contains honey from bees that have only pollinated manuka bushes. 

This manuka honey product is supplied to you in a dark tinted BPA free plastic container. This ensures that your valuable honey is protected from the sunlight which may degrade it. It comes in a 250 grams (8.8 oz) quantity. 

Kiva manuka honey produces a rich strong flavor which is hugely popular. It also has a thick texture which makes it easy to use for medicinal applications such as spreading it on your skin to treat acne and other skin complaints. 

Kiva Manuka honey is produced using eco friendly and sustainable practices. The company works closely with New Zealand beekeepers to bring the purest, most natural Kiwi honey to the world. 

Kiva offers their manuka honey in three UMF ratings: 10+, 15+ and 20+. These are all available in 250 gram plastic containers. The UMF 10+ and UMF 20+ products are also available in snap packets. These provide you with a box containing 28 single serve 5 gram snap packs. These are perfect for travel, putting in with school lunches and taking to the gym as a pre or post workout product.

scones with kiva honey


Grading

Kiva Manuka Honey is both UMF and MGO rated. UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor. This rating is governed by the Honey Association of New Zealand. To be able to use a UMF rating on the product label, the product must undergo rigorous testing. You can learn about UMF ratings here.

The UMF rating of manuka honey assess the antibacterial strength of the product. This is done by comparing the honey to phenol which is a proven antibacterial agent. The rating that results has a one-to-one equivalency with phenol. That means that the UMF 20+ rating that this Manuka Honey has provides you with the same antibacterial potency as a 20 percent solution of phenol.

According to Dr. Peter Molan, a senior lecturer at Waikato University in Hamilton, New Zealand, Manuka honeys that have a UMF rating of less than 12 have negligible antibacterial properties. The UNF rating runs from 5+ to 26+. Kiva UMF 20+ Manuka Honey is considered to be ultra premium, giving it among the highest antibacterial ratings that exists. 

The MGO rating measures the specific amount of Methylglyoxal in the manuka honey. Methylglyoxal is the active ingredient that is responsible for the majority of the health promoting benefits of this amazing honey. A UMF rating of 20+ translates to an MGO rating of 829 which is also at the top range of the rating system.

All of this tells us that this Kiva manuka honey product is among the best you can get when it comes to delivering health and medicinal benefits. 

With so many fake manuka honey products being sold online, it is important to have confidence in the product that you are buying. Every plastic container of Kiva manuka honey is traceable to the source, giving you the surety that you are buying genuine New Zealand manuka honey.

Taste

Kiva manuka honey is known for its great taste, with more than 1500 online reviewers giving it a top rating for this aspect. The taste is rich and sweet, which makes it a good healthy sweetener substitute. It also makes it a delicious sweet breakfast spread for toast. Of course, taste is a subjective thing and some people may find it a little too sweet for their taste. 

Kiva has a smooth, spreadable consistency that makes it very good whether you are using it to smother over your toast or your skin. It has a mild amber color but looks darker when inside its tinted plastic jar. Manuka honey, however, can vary in color from batch to batch so don’t be surprised if the color of the product that you receive is not exactly the same as the photo on the website that you ordered it from. 

value for money

Honey is priced according to its UMF rating so you can expect a UMF 20+ product to be expensive.

As a result, Kiva UMF 20+ sits near the top of the market price wise.

In comparison to other UMF 20+ manuka honeys that are genuinely sourced from New Zealand and UMF rated, it is a little higher than the average on the market, but certainly not the most expensive.

suggested uses and benefits:

As an ultra premium UMF 20+ manuka honey, this product is ideal for health and medicinal applications. Due to its high cost, we suggest that you do not actually eat UMF 20+ Kiva manuka honey, though it is, of course, perfectly safe to do so. This high grade manuka honey is best used diluted. Dilution reduces the effectiveness of manuka honey so if you are planning to dilute it with another substance it pays to use a very high rated product to preserve more of the antibacterial and other health benefits. 

This UMF 20+ manuka can be used for general first aid applications. Doing so will help to stop infection or bacterial spread. It is also good for treating a range of skin conditions and can be an effective treatment for digestive problems, including irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, gas and bloating. When you take manuka honey into your body, it gets diluted in your stomach acids. That is why you need a top rated manuka honey like Kiva UMF 20+ in order to effectively treat your digestive disorders. 

overall summary:

PROS

  • Sourced from New Zealand’s remote manuka bush regions
  • Sustainable production processes
  • Each batch traceable
  • Great taste
  • Sun protection packaging
  • Available in 5 gram snap packs

cons

  • Quite expensive
  • Some online reviewers noted only partially filled bottles

FAQ

Is Kiva manuka honey real?

Yes Kiva manuka honey is real. It is produced in New Zealand’s North Island prime manuka bush producing areas. Kiva works with Kiwi beekeepers to produce the purest, most natural product available. Kiva manuka honey is also UMF rated by the Honey Association of New Zealand and is traceable to its source, providing you with confidence that you are buying the real thing.

Is Kiva better than Comvita?

Some people claim that Kiva is better than Comvita. In the end, however, it comes down to a matter of personal preference. Both Kiva and Comvita produce a high quality UMF 20+ manuka honey product that costs around the same amount of money.

Can you buy Kiva in the United States?

Yes, you can buy Kiva in the United States. In fact, Kiva offers free shipping on all products over $25 sold in the continental US.

OTHER OPTIONS:

kiva honey snap packs


Kiva sells a range of other ‘super foods’ in addition to manuka honey. These include a range of powders that are cultivated in the Amazon region of South America. The company’s current powder line includes acai berry powder, maqui berry powder, cacao powder, camu camu powder, maca powder, moringa leaf powder and chia seeds.

They also produce 3 types of manuka honey at UMF ratings of 10+, 15+ and 20+, and they are sold in both jars and snack sized snap packs.

Where to buy:

You can view and order all these products on their official Amazon store.

You can also buy Kiva Manuka Honey directly from their website.

Kiva is one of our top recommended brands of manuka honey for this year. To see the full rankings list, click here.