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A taste of Gizzy in Aussie bikkies

Australia might have claimed as its own the pavlova, manuka honey and the band Crowded House, but the oranges that flavour Arnott's new line of Tim Tam biscuits are officially ours.

The Gisborne orange and dark chocolate Tim Tams are one of four new products.

The others are Murray River salted caramel, Sunshine Coast strawberries and cream, and manuka honey and cream.

“Navel oranges from the coastal town of Gisborne bask in more than 1500 hours of sunshine before they are picked at their sweetest and juiciest,” gushes the promotional blurb.

“Arnott's have crafted these delicious oranges into their decadently smooth orange cream centre before they sandwich it between two crunchy biscuits and cover in premium Tim Tam dark chocolate.”

About 12 Gisborne growers provided around 30 tonnes of parent navel oranges freeze-dried in New Zealand, then picked up by Arnott's for their orange and dark chocolate double-T bikkies.

Among those growers is Murray Burgess, who is pleased with the orange and chocolate flavour his oranges have contributed to.

“It's a bloody good match. Orange and chocolate has always gone well together. Gisborne is the top orange-growing region in New Zealand — good soil, heaps of sunshine and a lot of hard work.”

Gisborne fruit and produce supplier First Fresh sent Gisborne navel oranges to a New Zealand-based processor where the fruit was freeze-dried.

First Fresh managing director Ian Albers learned late last year the processed product was used in a new line of Tim Tams when he was contacted by an Arnott's representative before the launch of the new product.

“It's generally accepted navel oranges from Gisborne have a fantastic flavour,” says Mr Albers. “That's always been one of our drawcards.”

Because the oranges are grown in a coastal region they tend to have a rougher skin than, for example, navel oranges grown in the Californian desert.

Gisborne oranges have a good balance of acid and sugar, says Mr Albers. The best-looking oranges grown in this region are sold to consumers while the slightly rougher or scarred fruit are used for processing.

The flavour is the same, though.

“That grade of orange might be ugly but they're tasty. It's all about what's on the inside.”

Gisborne Mayor Rehette Stoltz describes Tim Tams as the true taste of Kiwi life.

She and Mr Burgess featured on TV3's The Project on Wednesday night in a promotion of the product.

“We are excited and honoured to have our region's produce immortalised in a Tim Tam,” says Mayor Stoltz.

“I can also confirm they are delicious.”

The manuka honey and cream Tim Tams are not made with New Zealand honey but with honey produced from Australia's tea tree.


Source: The Gisborne Herald