The Hawaiian Debate: Is Pineapple on Pizza Good or Not?

There is an ongoing debate among pizza lovers whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza. While it is not a life-saving debate, nor will an answer create world peace, things can get pretty heated between the lovers and the haters. Ultimately, it is a personal opinion, but there are decent points on each side. Either way, you choose, it is hard to resist pizza, so it is time to look for pizza specials near me tonight. Once you order it, you can even select ‘track my pizza’ to follow the process of your delicious pie.

Pineapple is Good

Some will argue that science provides proof that pineapple is the perfect topping for pizza. Your taste buds can define five different flavours including:

  • Salty
  • Sour
  • Bitter
  • Umami/savory
  • Sugar

One of the arguments for the addition of pineapple is that a salty/sweet combination helps layer flavours and enhance the eating experience. Also, the body craves sugar for energy and, because it is a natural source of sugar, pineapple is a perfect choice.

Some people say that one of the reasons pineapple is good on pizza is for its nutritional value. In general, pizza is not a health food item, but throwing some fruit on there can make someone eating it feel less guilty. Not to mention that it is also a great source of vitamins B and C, manganese and fibre, so putting it on pizza is a delicious way to get more of these nutrients.

Some readers may already be drooling over the thought of pineapple and pizza. These people are ready to try the new Super Hawaiian pizza, with the addition of hickory-smoked bacon.

Pineapple is Bad

It is time to investigate the other side of the coin and, wow, some people feel very strongly against the addition of pineapple to pizza. One argument comes from the purists. The best pizza joints in Italy do not offer pineapple for their pizza. In fact, most pizzas are only made up of basic ingredients such as red sauce, mozzarella, basil, pepperoni and sausage. If Italy looks at pineapple on pizza as being bad, then many argue everyone else should as well.

People who take pizza seriously argue additional reasons why pineapple does not belong on a savoury pie. One is that it is a wet fruit and this extra moisture causes a soggy crust. Another is that traditional mozzarella, such as one that is made from buffalo, is a very mild cheese with a subtle flavour. This is not a good match for the sweetness of pineapple.

Another argument that fiscally responsible people have is that growing pineapple is expensive. It takes two to three years for one pineapple to grow and be harvested. Centuries ago, the pineapple was considered a very rare and exotic fruit and they were highly prized. Some people think that placing this special fruit on top of a common pizza seems like a disgrace.

For many nay-sayers, it is not a personal affront to pineapples themselves. They just do not like dessert on their pizza and the contradicting flavour that fruit brings.   

Pizza is Excellent

Love it or hate it, pineapple on pizza will more than likely continue to be a debate. Either way, pizza, in general, is awesome, and there is a reason it is one of America’s favourite foods. Order a Hawaiian or stick with the more traditional pepperoni. No one (ok, some) will judge, and you will be happy.

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