The Best Fruit For Pavlova: Which One to Choose

What is the best fruit for Pavlova? This question can be answered, but before we get to that, let’s talk about what a pavlova is. A pavlova is a dessert made with meringue and fresh whipped cream or ice cream.

best fruit for pavlova

It traditionally has some kind of topping like kiwi, berries, or passionfruit. The most popular topping used on Pavlovas is strawberries because they have such an amazing flavor when cooked in sugar syrup.

I hope this blog post helps you decide which fruit would be best for your next pavlova dish.

What is Pavlova?

Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert that originated in Australia and New Zealand. They are popular for their light, airy texture with crispy crusts and soft centers.

Pavlovas are traditionally topped with fresh fruit or whipped cream, but they can be served without any topping for a more elegant presentation.

Why Choose a Certain Fruit for the Pavlova Topping?

Pavlova is a dessert that consists of whipped egg whites, sugar, and cornstarch. It is topped with fruit or other ingredients.

The most common topping for the pavlova in Australia is whipped cream and strawberries. But there are many variations to this recipe including passionfruit, ginger and chestnut purée, mangoes, bananas, or even chocolate sauce.

So why do Australians typically use strawberries as the topping? 

The reason could be because they’re an Australian fruit which means they’re always readily available during Pavlova season (September – March). Or it may be because Australians love them and have grown up eating them on their Pavlovas.

When it comes to selecting what fruit will be used as the topping, there are so many options! This blog post explores why a particular fruit might be chosen for the Pavlova topping. 

The Best Fruit for Pavlova

Pavlova is a delicious dessert that takes some skill to make, but it’s worth the effort. Of course, there are many ways you can go about making this dish. But what fruit should be used?

In order to decide which one you want in your pavlova, think about the flavor profile and texture of the fruit. If you’re looking for something light and refreshing as opposed to heavy and rich, I recommend pineapple or kiwi.

However, if you’re seeking an intensely sweet experience with a crisp bite from fresh pineapple, then by all means use that instead.

Here are some of the best fruits for pavlova:

  • strawberry
  • raspberry
  • blueberry
  • cherry
  • kiwi
  • banana
  • passionfruit
  • pineapple
  • coconut
  • nectarine
  • lemon
  • mango
  • pear
  • peach
  • pomegranate
  • dried apricot
  • mixed of several different fruits
  • single fruit compote or mixed fruits compote

We Can Use the Ready-Made Pavlova Base

What is a ready-made pavlova base?

Pavlova is a light, meringue-based dessert from New Zealand which can be seasoned with different flavors and ingredients.

Some people prefer to make their own pavlovas. But for those that don’t have the time or patience, there are pre-made bases available in stores such as Woolworths and Coles.

A ready-made Pavlova base is a pre-made mix that can be added to whipped cream or vanilla pudding for an easy dessert. It’s also perfect if you’re not confident in your baking skills and wants something on the go! The Pavlova bases are easily transportable, making them ideal for picnics and potluck events.

They are usually sold in packages of 3, 9, or 12 depending on the size you choose and they come in a variety of flavors like lemon curd, chocolate fudge brownie, and raspberry ripple.

Why use the ready-made pavlova base?

Yes, it is true that pavlova base can be a delicious dessert. It’s also very easy to make and only requires three ingredients- egg whites, sugar, and whipped cream.

If you want to make a pavlova and have time on your side, the meringue-making process is an easy option. But if you don’t want to put any of the work into making your own base, and you’re looking for something fast or don’t like cooking at all, then go with the ready-made base.

How to Prepare and Serve Your Pavlova with Your Favorite Fruit?

Classic Fruit Pavlova Recipe


  • Ready-made pavlova base 500 gram
  • Thickened cream
  • 1 box strawberries
  • 2 kiwi fruit
  • 1 mango
  • Pulp of 2 passion fruit


  1. Place the pavlova on the platter you intend to serve on.
  2. Using an electric mixer, whip the cream at a medium to high speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon whipped cream into the ready-made pavlova base.
  3. Cut up the fruit and cover the cream with it.
  4. Pour the passion fruit pulp over the cream and fruit.
  5. Serve immediately.

Summer Fruit Mini Pavlova Recipe


  • Ready-made Individual or mini pavlovas
  • Thickened Cream 300ml
  • 1-2 fresh mangos, sliced
  • 1 punnet blueberries
  • 1/3 cup passionfruit pulp (tinned or fresh)
  • Flaked chocolate (optional)


  • Place the individual pavlovas on the platter (or plates) you intend to serve them on.
  • Using an electric mixer, whip the cream at a medium to high speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon or pipe 3-4 heaped tablespoons of cream on top of each individual pavlova.
  • Using a teaspoon, drizzle a little of the passionfruit pulp over the cream. Decorate pavlova with slices of mango and push blueberries lightly into the cream to stay in place. Top with a little extra passionfruit pulp and flaked chocolate (if using).
  • Serve immediately.

Nutella and Strawberry Pavlova Recipe


  • Ready-made Pavlova Base 500g
  • Thickened Cream 300ml
  • 2 – 3 punnets of fresh strawberries, halved or quartered
  • 1/4 cup of Nutella, slightly warmed so it’s a little runny
  • 1/3 cup of Nutella, slightly warmed, extra for drizzling
  • Flaked chocolate


  • Place the pavlova on the platter you intend to serve on.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cream and the just-warm Nutella. Using an electric mixer, whip the cream and Nutella at a medium to high speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Spoon the Nutella cream over the surface of the pavlova base. Drizzle the cream with a little extra Nutella.
  • Spread the strawberries over the top of the cream, building a slight peak in the middle. Drizzle generously again with the warm Nutella and top with flaked chocolate.
  • Serve immediately.

Tips on how to make it look beautiful and appealing

In order to make the pavlova look beautiful and appealing, there are many tips you can follow.

  • To start, it’s important to have eggs at room temperature when mixing them for the pavlova mixture. The best way to do this is by submerging your eggs in warm water for about 5 minutes before cracking them open and whisking them together with sugar and cornstarch.
  • Be sure not to over mix the egg mixture or else it will become too frothy which makes it harder for the meringue to rise evenly. If you find yourself over mixing simply add more sugar until desired consistency is achieved.
  • Make sure you use the right size pan. Don’t try to make it too big or small, as that will affect how it bakes. If you’re using a round cake pan, a 9-inch diameter is what you should be looking at for an 8-inch height. 
  • Use quality ingredients like high-quality eggs, pure vanilla extract, superfine sugar, and fresh fruit if possible. Not only do they taste better but they look nicer on Instagram too.
  • Additionally, avoid using any metal utensils. Aluminum heats very quickly and easily react with acidic vegetables and foods. This affects your immune system so it’s advisable to try not to cook in such a kitchen appliance.