The first sip brings us to the tropics, where papaya grows full of vigour. One male fruit is enough to pollinate up to 20 female flowers. Glistening beside is the mango, fruit of the gods, and peach also surrounded by divine worship. In ancient China, it decorated the walls of temples. From Asia comes a long-lived lychee, ripening for up to 1,300 years. And the Chinese gooseberry, baptised by New Zealanders as kiwi fruit.