I’ve spent the morning learning that what I thought was now common knowledge is still very much not. Pineapple, that divisive topping second only to anchovies in the debate over acceptable pizza toppings, is a Canadian invention.
Canadians have a pretty great reputation, in the world and on Twitter – polite, peaceful, community-driven, they don't wear shoes indoors…
Canada is the reason we put pineapple on pizza.
— Abby (@abbythetweet) August 18, 2020
Called a Hawaiian because, of course, you can’t grow pineapple in Canada’s less-than-tropical climate, it was invented by Greek-born Sam Panopoulos, an immigrant who set up successful pizzerias in Chatham and London, Ontario. He is widely credited with inventing this lightning rod for online pizza debate.
It’s Hawaiian. Not Canadian. I like it but we should all be blaming Hawaiians
— Dean Blundell (@ItsDeanBlundell) August 18, 2020
I like Canada and got myself a handsome Canadian man to love. Now pizza question, isn’t that Hawaiian pizza? 🤔😋
— LadyDay 👩🏻💻 (@LadyDayWrites) August 18, 2020
Strongly disagree with the pineapple thing. Love 🍍 on 🍕 but not a Canuk invention. Prove otherwise and I'll concede
— Shaun Smith (@SpikesmithShaun) August 18, 2020
You probably put bacon on ice cream too. Oh Canada. Sigh. pic.twitter.com/kPAqafl1KU
— Amy Green (@Notezbeinggrn) August 18, 2020
There is a pizza hierarchy.
Italians are the kings and the bringers of divine law.
Americans are the dukes and the bringers of common law.
And everywhere else in the world are filthy peasants worthy only of dragon fire.
— Fox #FireNate Doucette🏀🍳🥓🥞 (@RealFoxD) August 18, 2020
Some wondered whether the first Hawaiian pizza used fresh pineapples, but let’s not kid ourselves. Using fresh pineapple is like using 160-year-old scotch as a cooking wine, especially considering the added cost to import it into Canada. I love to add hot peppers to my Hawaiian pizza for that sweet/tangy flavour combination, personally.
However, most Canadians now aware of this pizza’s origins in our great country had no idea until 2017, when the President of Iceland said the topping was so bad it should be banned.
This caused a rebuke from Canada, and the President of Iceland apologized for the international incident. The whole thing caused Panopoulos’ credit for the invention to rise from relative obscurity. Sadly, he passed later that year, but his invention, which has gone global, is nothing if not a topic of lively discussion among friends all over the world.
So, be proud Canada. We gave the world more than just zippers, garbage bags, and peanut butter. We also have this, whether you like it or not.