Swap Pineapple Out For Peach To Make A Sweeter Hawaiian Pizza

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peach pizza - Ahanov Michael/Shutterstock

When Sam Panopoulos first invented Hawaiian pizza in the 1960s, he probably didn't anticipate that, 60 years later, we'd still be arguing about whether pineapple belongs on pizza. But while celebrities like Gordon Ramsay think pineapple has no place on pizza, more and more people admit to liking the combo. A recent survey by People found that nearly half -- 44% -- of respondents believe pineapple belongs on the Italian pie.

For many critics, pineapple doesn't go well with pizza because the slight acidity or tartness of it just doesn't work with the creaminess of the cheese. But for those adventurous enough to try other fruit toppings, peaches may be the sweet answer for you. Considering how popular the combination of sweet and salty is, or even the dessert or charcuterie board pairings of meat, cheese, and fruit, it's actually a bit surprising that more people haven't considered other fruits such as peaches on their pizza. Peaches are delicious with both the ham and the cheese in a Hawaiian pizza, but that's not your only option.

Tomatoes, pistachios, hot peppers, mozzarella, prosciutto, goat, and gorgonzola cheese aren't just fantastic pizza toppings, they're also ingredients that bring out the sweetness in peaches, which also balances the salty or hot flavor profiles. If you like a Tomato Peach Burrata Salad, chances are pretty good you'd like a Peach Burrata Pizza, too. A Peach Caprese Salad's star ingredients are tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and peaches -- which all happen to be components of a simple yet delicious pizza.

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Peaches On Pizza Is A Popular Combination

mozzarella, fresh peaches, aged Gouda, pistachios, and crispy sage pizza
mozzarella, fresh peaches, aged Gouda, pistachios, and crispy sage pizza - Instagram/Myke's Pizza

While some may be thinking, "Do we need any more fruits on pizza?" those who experiment with this topping seem to be converted, ready to spread the news far and wide. "Pineapple on pizza is fine, but peach on pizza is the king!" began a Reddit thread. While many were skeptical, there were also those who were curious chiming in. "I have never thought of this, but bacon-wrapped peach wedges are delicious," commented one. "You might be on to something." "This might be the best pizza I've ever had," one person commented on a peach pizza Instagram post by Myke's Pizza. "Best pizza ever," agreed another.

If you're on the fence about swapping pineapple for peach in your pizza, bear in mind that peaches are packed with antioxidants, which boost your immune system and protect your body from diseases like cancer. They can also help protect your skin, heart, and gut, and due to their release of histamines, they can help reduce the severity of allergic reactions. And unlike pineapples, peaches won't cause any side effects for people with bromelain sensitivities. It may not be for everyone, but if you have already decided fruit belongs on pizza, this is one combo you need to try.

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