Pineapple on pizza may be divisive, but a new poll finds most Canadians like it | CBC Radio

Story Transcript The majority of Canadians dig some odoriferous fruit on their salty pies. According to a new on-line poll by Vancouver-based Research Co., 73 per cent of Canadians say they would “ decidedly ” or “ credibly ” eat pineapple on pizza — up seven share points since the pollster asked the like interview in July 2019.

“ There is decidedly momentum for Hawaiian-style pizza, ” Mario Canseco, president of Research Co., told As It Happens host Carol Off. “ But it ‘s not the No. 1 choice. When we ask Canadians what they would put on a pizza that they could design, we even see pepperoni, we hush see mushrooms, we still see green peppers ranking higher than ham and pineapple. ”

A Canadian invention 

pineapple on pizza is, curiously enough, a canadian custom. hawaiian pizza — normally characterized by a combination of pineapples, ham and bacon — is believed to have been invented by the belated Sam Panopoulos, an Ontario restaurateur of Greek inheritance, in the 1950s or ’60s. Panopoulos ran several restaurants across southern Ontario and think people would enjoy the juxtaposition of sweet and piquant. “ cipher liked it at first, ” he told As It Happens in February 2017. “ But after that, they went crazy about it. ” Sam Panopoulos said when he first served up Hawaiian pizza, no one liked it. But then it caught on and restaurant customers ‘went crazy’ for the dish. (Submitted by Panopoulos family) Panopoulos died in June 2017 at the age of 82. But his bequest lives on in the form of the contentious canadian fruit top-flight. And contentious it is. People, particularly on social media, have a leaning to either defend it with a passion or dismiss it as an abomination. “ What we were trying to find out … is where is all this hatred coming from ? I in truth wanted to figure out if this is real. Is this something that a draw of Canadians feel ? Or are we listening to a bantam minority that is cornering social media ? ” Canseco said. “ When I posted the numbers online, the reaction was quite contact. For every person who said, ‘This is great, and of naturally I ‘m in the majority, ‘ you have people who thought the state is coming to an end and we should all pair ourselves. ” WATCH | The great Hawaiian pizza question:

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Artist Hyein Lee animates the hawaiian Pizza lineage narrative as told by its canadian godhead 1:06 final class, Montreal ‘s Bàcaro Pizzeria took pineapple pizza off the menu after its patrons voted it down in an on-line referendum. even the president of Iceland has weighed in on the debate. In 2017, Guðni Jóhannesson told a group of high school students that he was basically opposed to pineapple on pizza and he would like to ban it. His remarks drew call on the carpet from Panopoulos himself. Jóhannesson — who just happens to be married to a canadian, Eliza Reid — later expressed his sorrow for the gloss during a banteringly interview with As It Happens for the show ‘s fiftieth anniversary, admitting he “ went a step excessively far. ”

Quebecers like it the least 

As with most things in Canada, the poll found wide regional version. Albertans are the biggest fans of pineapple pizza, with 90 per cent of those polled saying they ‘d eat it, followed by those in british Columbia at 83 per cent, Saskatchewan and Manitoba tied at 71 per penny, Ontario at 76 per penny, Atlantic Canada at 72 per cent and Quebec at 55 per cent. “ You distillery have a majority of Quebec who say, ‘OK, very well, if you alone have that pizza, I will eat it. ” Canseco said. “ But it ‘s decidedly lower than the lie of the country. ” At first, Canseco said he figured it had something to do with Quebec ‘s gallant repute as a state of “ gourmands. ” But he noted the same pate found Quebec ranked highest in Canada when it comes to willingness to eat steak with catsup. “ So it has to be something different, not precisely because they know what they ‘re eating, ” he said. so why is hawaiian pizza trending upwards ? Canseco has some theories.

“ I think it ‘s a combination of factors, ” he said. “ A fortune of people started to try takeout food or flipping the labor to their home because of the pandemic … and that led them to try different things, unlike cuisines from all over the worldly concern, and besides to experiment a little spot more with their pizza. ” But Canseco, like anyone, has his biases. “ Growing up in Mexico, [ pineapple on pizza ] was one of the things that started to become a swerve in the 1980s, and I constantly enjoyed it, even though I was surrounded by people who did n’t want to try it, ” he said.

“ They did n’t know it was invented in Canada, and at the fourth dimension I surely did n’t know I was going to end up here … on As It Happens in Canada talking about hawaiian pizza. ” Research Co. says the poll results are based on an on-line study conducted from Oct. 4 to Oct. 6 among 1,000 adults in Canada. CBC can not accurately calculate a margin of error for methodologies with on-line surveys. For comparison purposes entirely, a probability sample of the same size would yield a gross profit of error of plus or minus 3.1 per penny, 19 times out of 20. Written by Sheena Goodyear. Interview produced by Chris Harbord .