Oh, you’ve opened such a can of worms, at least as far as the Southern Hemisphere is concerned. Both Australia and New Zealand claim the Pavlova as their national dessert. They haven’t come to blows, but it’s a delicate situation. The dish, named for Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, consists of a meringue shell filled with whipped cream and fresh fruit, such as kiwi, passion fruit, and pineapple.

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