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One of the arguments that goes a way back is: Does pineapple belong on pizza?
Does pineapple belong on pizza is one of the few culinary questions that has sparked a visceral response from people.
So how did pineapple end up in a pizza in the first place given that this is something that the Italians consider as something of a culinary war-crime?
Putting pineapple on a pizza is the brainchild of a Greek immigrant, Sam Panopoulos, who arrived in Canada in 1962 when he was around 20 years.
Sam Panopoulos was a fairly entrepreneurial guy, and was known for having a mischievous sense of humour.
“We just put it on, just for the fun of it, see how it was going to taste,” Panopoulos told the BBC earlier this year.
“We were young in the business and we were doing a lot of experiments.”
Panopoulos said he and his brothers enjoyed the contrast between the pineapple’s sweetness and the savory flavor of the ham also added to the pizza.
They named it Hawaiian pizza after the brand of canned pineapple used on the pie.
What seemed like an innocent experiment by an entrepreneur has riled up Italians, specifically Naples, where the pizza originated from.
The thing with innovation is that someone is going to be upset. If you are not upsetting anyone with your innovation, chances are you are not changing anything.
Personally do I think pineapple belong on pizza?
I have respect for what the Italians have done for cooking, but I think pineapple on pizza is not such a bad thing 🙂