Up in Kerikeri we breakfasted each morning on the sunny verandah overlooking the tropical lushness of the 'Wharepuke' gardens.
A tame jungle fowl arrived early and waited while the coffee brewed and we set the table with our tropical fruits.
Feijoas, mandarins, gold kiwifruit, and, straight from the tree nearby, those green things that look like unripe apples are Casimiroa edulis, or white sapote. I had never tasted one before and it was absolutely heavenly! A soft, custardy, creamy texture, not too sweet, with a flavour somewhere between a musky peach and vanilla ice-cream. My mouth is watering at the memory even now as I look at the photo I took.