Renowned for the honey produced from manuka flowers, the manuka leaf itself is also an important medicine in Rongoa - traditional Maori medicine.
Manuka's leaf is rich in tannins and essential oil. Manuka is considered to be an astringent and holds anti-spasmodic properties. Manuka is known to help digestion.
Sourced from private land in the Ruapehu, manuka grows prolifically.
Add 1 tsp to boiling water - steep for 5 minutes.
Use manuka leaves as a rub to flavour meats and vegetables.