A comment on the previous post on veal reminded me about the photos I had of stone fruit that some of our houseguests brought from Sydney a couple of weeks ago. On arrival from the airport, this wonderful box or case of fruit emerged from one of their suitcases and carefully ensconced within were fantastic stone fruit: nectarines and peaches. They were perfectly ripe, juicy and full of flavor. It is a rare occurrence that I get edible nectarines or peaches in Manila so this was a real holiday treat! Also in the box were small containers of raspberries and blueberriesâ€¦yum!
We ate the nectarines and peaches au naturel over the next few days and I must say there are few things as memorable as biting into a ripe peach and having some of the juice run down your forearm, no matter how careful you areâ€¦ The raspberries were served with butter cake and whipped cream and the blueberries mixed into morning fruit salads. As for the customs questions, my cousins declared everything and the customs officers let them right through. I have, in the past, also brought back cases of berries and those were allowed in as wellâ€¦ I would not, however, bring fresh fruit or even mud on your shoes into Australia as their airport dogs will have serious conniptions when they sniff your luggage!!!