Tomatoes (yes, the tomato is a fruit!)
If you don’t like tomatoes, you have to try them in New Zealand, especially the vine-ripened tomatoes. Research shows that New Zealand tomatoes are generally more flavorful and sweeter than Australian tomatoes. By the way, I think your cherry tomatoes taste like chocolate. It is true! After eating so many tomatoes in New Zealand, I love all tomatoes today!
You should definitely try kiwis in New Zealand! I’m not a fan of kiwis, but I must say that they taste much better there than the ones in Singapore. The golden kiwi is sweeter and everyone says that it is more pleasant, the taste and texture seem correct to me and not so bad. Buy some to eat while in New Zealand. It is a healthy and cheap snack.
I don’t really like the look or taste of Feijoa, I tried it once when I got to New Zealand. In fact, I no longer have any impression of the taste. However, I have friends who really like them and even planted a feijoa tree in their garden. Perhaps, it can be called as an acquired taste. Some people love it, others just don’t.
The best apples I have ever eaten are the fully ripe ones that I plucked from the tree and consumed within an hour. They are sweet and crunchy, with just the right flavor and texture, unlike the ones you buy in supermarkets. If you can’t visit an apple orchard, stop by the local produce stores during harvest season (January through May) and you might be able to find some freshly plucked apples.
Obviously, New Zealand has more horticultural products than these, for example various types of berries. Personally, I think these 4 fruits are the most worth trying while you’re there. They are readily available and taste great (no comment on Feijoa).
Where can I get these fruits?
I get my tomatoes from supermarkets, like Countdown, Foodtown, Woolworths, and New World. I am not a fan of Pak’N Save as I think the products are not too fresh.
The kiwis I tried were either from Zespri (bought from supermarkets) or from kiwi orchards. The apples I liked best were those from apple orchards or local produce stalls.
Last but not least, the only Feijoa I tried was from a tree in the garden of my friend’s rental house. The owner planted the tree many years ago (he really loved Feijoa), and allowed the tenants to uproot the Feijoa if they wanted.