Gold rush

A stubborn, dark-amber honey with an astringent twang that echoes its source, mānuka honey is thixotropic: solid when undisturbed, fluid once stirred. In the early days, it was difficult just to coax it from the comb. Before modern comb-prickers and centrifugal extraction, beekeepers had to crush the comb and strain it through cheesecloth, picking out dead bees and pollen first.