In time for World Pineapple Day on June 27, the team behind Canadian-founded PizzaForno—an automated pizza machine serving pizza in three minutes—has revealed the results of its “Pineapple Pizza Poll,” conducted by Maru Blue.
According to those polled, more Canadians (38 percent) love pineapple on their pizza, than hate it (24 percent) followed by over a quarter enjoying it “sometimes,” and nearly 10 percent saying they could go either way.
“It’s time to add Hawaiian pizza to the list of Canadian foods because it’s a Canadian invention, and it tastes great,” said Les Tomlin, founder of PizzaForno. “We’ve heard our Prime Minister [Justin Trudeau] is a pineapple on pizza man, and we’re calling on him to name Hawaiian pizza the official pizza of Canada—and PizzaForno as the official place to find it because ours has Canadian bacon, not just ham.”
The late Sam Panopoulos is the Greece-born Canadian restaurateur credited with inventing the Hawaiian pizza in Chatham, Ont., in 1962.
Until June 20, PizzaForno is offering a chance to win Hawaiian pizza for a year. Entrants must share their personal thoughts on pineapple on pizza, with the best answer selected by Tomlin himself.
To enter, visit @thepizzaforno on social media. Hawaiian pizzas will also be 25 percent off throughout the Canada Day weekend at PizzaForno locations across Canada.
Here are some quick facts on pineapple pizza from PizzaForno:
- The company sells more Hawaiian pizzas in Ontario’s cottage country than anywhere else at its Tobermory, Little Current, and Port Carling kiosks.
- Canada imports 112,800 metric tons of pineapples a year.
- It takes a pineapple three years to fully grow.
- The world’s largest pineapple ever recorded was in 2011 grown by Christine McCollum from Bakewell, Australia. It measured 32 cm (12.6 in.) long, had a 66 cm (26 in.) girth, and weighed 28 kg (62 lbs).
- For the ancient peoples of the New World, pineapple was a fruit symbolizing friendship and hospitality. Families would hang pineapples outside their homes to perfume the entryway and make it welcoming to guests as an edible invitation.