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Yes we're now in 2018 and you may be thinking why talk about pineapple on pizza. Why? Well because one of the guys in the team, naming no names, decided to order a Halal Hawaiian pizza from a local takeaway. When the other guys on the team saw what he'd ordered looks of disgust was splashed on their faces. His on the other hand was one of bliss. He was so passionate about how pineapple belongs on pizza and the rest of us were almost retching at the thought of pineapple touching glorious pizza.
endless debate all because of a fruit!
One ingredient has come to spoil the pizza party and divide people's opinions. The pizza at the centre of all this controversy is the Hawaiian pizza topped with tomato sauce, cheese, bacon or ham (Halal of course) and pineapple.
Who the heck invented the Hawaiian pizza?
Even before delving into this we want to share how the Hawaiian Pizza came about. A man named Sam Panopoulos, who sadly passed way in 2017, is the creator of this divisive pizza. Was he Italian? No. Was he Hawaiian then? No. He was in fact Greek, moved to Canada and ran restaurants with his brothers. The Hawaiian pizza was actually a result of an experiment. One day he decided to put tinned pineapple on a pizza to find out how it would taste and this changed the course of food history. Who would have thought that this controversial pizza hailed from Canada. Not us.
You're probably thinking where does the name Hawaiian come from then when the pizza has no links to Hawaii. The name actually comes from the brand of tinned pineapple he used.
Celebrities and even politicians have got involved in this debate
Whether pineapple deserves to be on pizza or not it has got celebrities involved. Gordon Ramsay said he hated it live on TV. Watch here. He then had to eat his words, literally, because over 500 people donated to the Great Ormond Street Hospital. He finally got to taste the pizza and yup you've guessed it he hated it. Watch it for yourselves here.
Surprisingly Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a fan of the dish and said on Twitter "@JohnWiseman I have a pineapple. I have a pizza. And I stand behind this delicious Southwestern Ontario creation #TeamPineapple @Canada" Strong words.
Iceland's president, Guoni Johannesson, however, created an online uproar by announcing to a group of schoolchildren that he was "fundamentally opposed" to pineapple on pizza and suggested it should be banned. He did have to apologise and explained he liked pineapple just not on pizza.
Yet, even as the pizza has gained popularity over the decades, there are still lots of people who hate it. Thrillist ranked pineapple pizza last in a 2014 pizza power ranking, and anti-Hawaiian pizza memes continue to circle the internet
Pizza has never been so controversial
This debate about pizza is probably the most polarizing in the history of food. There are only two camps; the guys who love pineapple on their pizza and those who are categorically against even the words pineapple and pizza being used in the same sentence. There's nothing in between. It's like marmite; you either love it or hate it. But not like salted caramel, now that's a good savoury sweet combo.
Will we reach a resolution? Probably not. But we'll present both cases and you can decide which side you're on.
For - "it's the best thing since sliced bread"
Fruit in food is not a new thing and there are lots of recipes which use savoury ingredients and pairs them up fruit. Look at Duck L'Orange or Turkey with cranberry sauce and fruit is commonly used in many Moroccan dishes. But we think pizza is such a beloved food to so many of us that ruining it with anything will cause an outcry.
There are many reasons why people like to have pineapple on their pizza such as
- You're getting in one of your five a day,
- You love the sweet taste against the savoury,
- It makes pizza more 'healthy' and pineapple has lots of healthy benefits.
- You do it to p*** off the guys who hate it
Scott Weiner an expert on the topic of pizza, put it very eloquently,
“To those who say pineapple isn’t an acceptable pizza topping because it’s not Italian … it existed in Italian food culture long before pepperoni ever did, but nobody complains about that. To those who say pineapple isn’t an acceptable pizza topping because it doesn’t taste good, they probably haven’t had it done right. Raw chunks of pineapple thrown around a pizza? No way. Roasted and pulled pineapple with a honey glaze is delicious. I am absolutely pro-pineapple and I think about it the same way I think about most food arguments. If you don’t like it, don’t eat it.” Preach!
In a survey carried by YouGov they found 53% of Brits actually liked pineapple on their pizza, so a big 'in yo face!' to the guys who don't. 41 per cent disliked it and the other 6% probably couldn't care less or worst still don't even like pizza.
To this day people on Twitter still come to its defence,
Against - "pineapple on pizza is an abomination"
It's a sweet, wet fruit that ruins pizza. Who wants to eat warm fruit? . The sweetness doesn't pair well with cheese. Try eating pineapple with cheese. Yuk. Just the thought or whisper of pineapple on pizza can cause steam to emanate from your ears and your teeth to grit. You'll say things like "If you want pineapple then wait for dessert." Here are some reasons you hate it,
- You thinks it's just plain weird to eat warm fruit on a pizza
- You don't like pineapple full stop
- Sweet and savoury just don't go well
- Pineapple is too sweet and tangy and overpowers all the other flavours
- Pineapple on pizza isn't Italian.
And yup there are lots of people who voice their hate for pineapple pizza on Twitter,
We can't settle this but we'll end it on a positive note
For people who enjoy eating pineapple on pizza go for it and don't feel like you have to hide away in a corner or be banished to a dark room to eat it. And for those who hate it, Scott Weiner put it perfectly when he said "If you don’t like it, don’t eat it." It's as simple as that. Now let's put an end to all this madness :P