Cuisine in New Zealand

Taste the delightful cuisine in New Zealand

Though it may have a varied background, New Zealand's cuisine has emerged as a very unique taste experience. Called 'Pacific Rim' cuisine, the inspiration for the large multitude of local dishes comes from Europe, Asia and Polynesia. This means that the tastes and flavors are incredibly diverse. It also means that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Most of the country's top chefs use only the freshest local produce. Because a lot of this produce is seasonal, this means that you'll get a large variety of dishes throughout the year. Generally speaking, New Zealand is known for its meat and seafood dishes. Delectable lamb, pork and cervena (venison) are popular choices at the dinner table. Salmon, bluff oysters, crayfish, paua, green-lipped muscles, scallops, pipis and tuatua are considered to be culinary delights. Kumara, kiwifruit and tamarillo make tasty salads or vegetables while pavlova is considered to be the national dessert. And of course, what meal would be complete without a good glass of wine? New Zealand has several fine vineyards - the produce of which can be enjoyed at vineyard restaurants or city-based eateries.

Another popular aspect of New Zealand cuisine is that of casual dining. An outdoors-type people, the summer months see locals flock to picturesque beaches, beautiful parks or the backyards of friends to enjoy a Kiwi barbecue where they enjoy beef, lamb and seafood. On special occasions the Maori might enjoy a hangi - a delectable feast which is cooked under leaves and dirt on hot coals in a hole. Both meat and vegetables are prepared in this manner, which leaves a wonderful scent in the air. A visitor may be fortunate enough to experience such a meal at their place of lodging. Or, they may be invited to a barbecue or hangi at the home of an acquaintance.

New Zealand has hundreds of fine restaurants throughout the country catering to every taste and budget. If you have the chance to visit this country, you will be able to find much of the mouth watering food of New Zealand is available in most caf├ęs and restaurants throughout the country.


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