By: Kevin King
Since the invention of the Pizza the great debate has begun; Can you put pineapple on a pizza ? Countries have gone to war over the right to put pineapple on their pizza (I mean it is possible, as people have gone to war over stupider reasons). So it all boils down to should you do it because for some pineapple on a pizza is like a gift that keeps on giving with that sweetness perfectly complementing the saltiness of the ham (talking specifically about the Hawaiian pizza), while to others pineapple is only meant to be eaten with fruit plates or to be eaten for a tropical Pina Colada and that makes everything all the more complicated.
You have the inventor of the Hawaiian pizza (not actually from Hawaii) to blame for this current debate, and if you were wondering about the history of the Hawaiian pizza, we will give you a brief history lesson: Greek-Canadian Sam Panopoulos claimed that he created the first Hawaiian pizza at the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham,Ontario, Canada in 1962 (Its Truly Canadian EH!). Inspired in part by his experience preparing Chinese dishes which commonly mix sweet and savoury flavours, Panopoulos experimented with adding pineapple, ham, bacon and other toppings which were not initially very popular. The addition of pineapple to the traditional mix of tomato sauce and cheese, sometimes with ham or sometimes with bacon, soon became popular locally and eventually became a staple offering of pizzerias around the world. If you are interested in getting more of the history lesson on the inventor/invention of the Hawaiian Pizza click me
The way that I see it, pineapple does have its place on a pizza, but ultimately it has to be balanced perfectly with the ingredients. The process that is currently being used for pizzas featuring pineapple (yes i said featuring because the pineapple is not the star) usually involves an amalgamation of toppings and that could be the reason people hate it, I mean nothing is more disgusting than pepperoni green olives ground beef and pineapple (actual pizza from my neighbourhood pizzeria) and if people are actually having that it makes sense why people are revolted by pineapple on a pizza, but i think its more like a chicken and waffles situation where the sweetness from the pineapple adds to certain toppings, and I just don't think that ant cured meats go well with a pineapple pizza.
So My Verdict is Dependent on the pizza Pineapple can be a good secondary option.
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