The Pavlova consists a base made of a meringue crust topped with whipped cream and fresh fruits. It is considered a fresh fruit pie with a meringue crust.
No one knows who first created the Pavlova. But the name and the recipe first began appearing soon after Russian prima ballerina, Anna Matveyevna Pavlova (1881-1931), toured both Australia and New Zealand in 1926 and Australia again in 1929. Anna Pavlova was considered the greatest ballerina of her time and her visit to New Zealand has been described as "the chief event of 1926." It was said "She does not dance; she soars as though on wings." From this you get the sense that this is a light, airy dessert.