As a country with a coastline of about 15,000 kilometers, New Zealand has a large amount of seafood, especially various kinds of fish and shellfish, which are common foods on New Zealand's dinner table. Besides, Maori culture also plays an important role in New Zealand food culture, therefore, Maori cuisine is also a part of New Zealand food tour that cannot be missed! Today, let's take a look at the classic New Zealand food!
Lamb is New Zealand's largest meat export. New Zealand's lamb is known for its high quality and is famous all over the world. Roast lamb is found in most of the high-end restaurants, and even some bars. Traditionally, lamb roast is eaten on Sundays with roasted vegetables, it can be considered as the New Zealand version of Sunday roast.
There is no doubt that New Zealanders love sea urchin, and Kina is a local sea urchin in New Zealand. It has a hard and sharp shell, and a thin and succulent interior.
Paua is also a seafood delicacy that cannot be missed. It is the New Zealand name for conch. In New Zealand, there are various ways to cook paua, you can simply cook it and eat it, or make it into curry, or even into pancakes.
In addition, pava shells are often used as ashtrays by New Zealand smokers. In New Zealand's jewelry and other decorative souvenirs, usually also use the shells of Paiva.
Green shell mussel
Although mussels can be found all over the world, the large green shell mussel is unique to New Zealand. New Zealand all over the country have farmed green shell mussels, and the town of Haflock in New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds claims to be the world's "green shell mussel capital". Green mussels do not require complicated cooking methods, just steam with lemon juice and eat.
Bluff Oysters/Cliff Oysters
For seafood lovers, when you come to New Zealand, you must try Bluff oysters, which some people call the best oysters in the world.
Bluff is located at the southernmost tip of New Zealand's South Island, and the oysters are grown in the cold water of the Fowler Channel at the border of South Island and Stewart Island.
Although feijoas originally came from the South American region, New Zealand has taken its deliciousness to the next level. For many New Zealand children, feijoa is the taste of summer. Feijoas look like green figs and have the same spongy and seedy structure as figs, with the sour taste of kiwi fruit.
New Zealanders love Hokey Pokey, a honeycomb shaped caramel ice cream. Because it is rich in high quality dairy products, it has a perfect creamy appearance. Besides Hokey Pokey, there is also vanilla ice cream which is very popular.
Pavlova cake is a popular dessert for Christmas lunch and birthday celebrations in New Zealand. It is a cake made of puff pastry, whipped cream and fruits (usually strawberry, passion fruit and kiwi). In New Zealand, locals usually let the cake cool before eating it, and can often be seen enjoying it with ice cream.
Manuka honey is famous all over the world and is certainly a classic New Zealand treat. Manuka honey is highly regarded for its medicinal properties and the purer the manuka content, the healthier it is and of course the higher the price. This honey can be purchased in New Zealand from supermarkets to specialist honey stores. Manuka honey is also a great tourist souvenir for visitors.
Sauvignon Blanc Wine
Originally from the Loire Valley in France, Sauvignon Blanc wine rose to fame in New Zealand and is now one of the country's largest export varieties.
Although grapes are grown in many parts of New Zealand, the majority of Sauvignon Blanc wines are produced in the Marlborough region of New Zealand's largest wine region, the South Island. Sauvignon Blanc wines are also used in many dishes in New Zealand.