Pineapple Does Go On Pizza

In defense of my favourite pizza topping

Sometimes, with all the negative things going in the world, you have to write about something silly to keep you sane.

Canada’s official Twitter account stands with pineapple

Last month, Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson claimed in jest that if he could do so, he would ban pineapple as a pizza topping.

He probably wasn’t aware of how much that statement would blow up. The internet has been abuzz with one of the biggest questions since “the dress” (which will always be white and gold to me): does pineapple belong on pizza?

This declaration sparked a debate toward all corners of the internet, with people for and against pineapple on pizza. Even our own Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared himself #TeamPineapple, praising the made-in-Canada pizza invention.

PM Justin Trudeau’s declartion of love for pineapple on pizza

Spanning across social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Reddit, memes and postings about pineapple on pizza took over the internet, making the great debate impossible to ignore.

I’m here to make the case that yes, pineapple does go on pizza, and it is delicious. As much as I love having my integrity as a human being questioned when I eat pineapple on pizza, let me stand proud here: Pineapple is the superior topping, and I am not ashamed of my love for it.

The most popular method of consuming pineapple on pizza is in the form of “Hawaiian pizza”, usually topped with ham and pineapple. The story goes that pineapple on pizza was a Canadian invention, said to have started with chef Sam Panopoulos creating the Hawaiian pizza and it becoming a local hit, allowing it to spread to other pizzerias.

I’m a fan of Hawaiian pizza, but let’s be honest: it could be a lot better. Ham and pineapple is a good combination, but its basic to say the least. It could use a little more excitement.

One of the greatest flavour combinations cannot be ignored when it comes to pineapple on pizza: sweet and spicy. Pineapple and jalapeno? Hell yeah. Pineapple and hot banana peppers? Yes, please. Sweet and spicy have always worked well together, and these pairings on pizza are excellent.

Something else to improve your pineapple on pizza experience could be changing the meat. I prefer Italian sausage and bacon to ham, and these meats paired with pineapple still go quite well. Its worth trying combinations with foods you love, rather than writing it off entirely.

Hawaiian pizza might not be for everyone. Pineapple as a topping adds fun and diversity to your pizzas, and in my humble opinion, pairs excellently with fatty meats like bacon and spicy veggies like hot peppers.

Its a matter of finding the ways that you love pineapple the most, and pairing it with food that you like. Don’t force yourself to love pineapple on pizza if you don’t, but I think pineapple can be useful outside of the simple Hawaiian pizza.

So to you, pineapple on pizza haters, I urge you to try it just one more time. Make it a flavour combination you’re excited to try. Replace the ham with bacon if you like. Get excited for the experience, don’t dread it.

(Published in the March 15, 2017 edition of The Campus newspaper)

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