Pineapple on Pizza Good

Olivia Poolos

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First, I want to make clear how ridiculous I find this controversy. Sweet and savory foods have been paired with phenomenal results for generations without complaint, but throw a little tropical fruit on an American classic and everyone goes bananas. (Now there’s an idea for a pizza topping…). No one throws hissy fits over salty peanut butter and sweet jelly on bread, nor sweet and sour chicken nor chocolate covered pretzels.

Even if one cannot appreciate the lovely sweet and salty taste, they should at least be able to appreciate the deep cultural development behind the combination.

Pizza, a historically Italian dish, came to the Americas in the 16th century as tomato-topped flatbread. Pineapple was brought to the United States by Spanish explorers from South America. And in 1962, a Greek-Canadian created the first “Hawaiian” pizza, with pineapple and ham, according to TIME Magazine. Pineapple pizza should be the new apple pie, as it, like American culture, is a melting pot of traditions from all over the world.