Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. Honey has had a long history in human consumption, and is used in various foods and beverages as a sweetener and flavoring. It also has a role in religion and symbolism. Flavors of honey vary based on the nectar source, and various types and grades of honey are available. It has also been used in various medicinal traditions to treat ailments. Manuka Honey from New Zealand is credited with anti-bacterial properties.