In the history of mankind, there have been many great arguments between two directly polar points of view, the outcome and resolution of which have changed the shape of society forever: climate change, the separation of church and state, the existence of God. But now a new debate has shaken humanity to the very core of its collective being. That debate is this: should we be putting pineapple on pizza?
We all love a pizza – at least, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. But when it comes to the Hawaiian variety, the division between the two camps is irreconcilable, and everyone feels the need to weigh in on the issue. For some people a pizza simply isn’t complete without a few chunks of sweet, juicy pineapple scattered on top.
For other pizza purists, the idea of fruit rings on pizza, that most sacred and universally awesome of foodstuffs, is tantamount to an act of culinary terrorism – as treasonous as burning a flag in broad daylight. The vitriol displayed towards Hawaiian pizzas is astonishing.
Recently the debate has reignited online, after the president of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, stated to a group of high school students during a visit in February 2017 that he was fundamentally opposed to Hawaiian pizzas, and even said that, if he could, he would ban pineapple as a pizza topping.
Social media was rapidly inundated by opinions and thoughts from lovers and haters alike on the issue of pineapplegate, but the latest news story to emerge from the debate is probably the funniest yet, shared after one college student received a hilarious note alongside her pizza delivery.
Twitter-user Ali, who lives in Arizona, had ordered her own pineapple pizza to eat last Sunday from a local pizzeria. But when she opened the lid of the box, Ali discovered a five dollar note taped to the lid, with an apologetic note from the delivery guy, stating “Couldn’t bring myself to put pineapple on it. That’s gross. Sorry!”
It seems that the delivery guy decided to deny Ali her sweet-and-savoury dinner by removing the offensive fruit and reimbursing her instead. Man, that’s a really conservative attitude to pizza. The image of the note was shared widely on social media, much to Ali’s surprise.
Canadian Sam Panopoulos contends that he is the original creator of the Hawaiian pizza, at the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario, Canada in 1962, while experimenting with pineapple and ham or bacon toppings. It quickly became popular locally and eventually became a staple offering of pizzerias around the world, and in 1999 it was voted the most popular flavour in an Australian poll, accounting for more than 15% of all pizza sold down under.
I guess you never really think much about your favourite foodstuff: there could be plenty of things we don’t know about the origins of the humble pizza. For example, did you know that you’ve probably been slicing it wrong your whole life? Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered the most geometrically perfect method.