The Popular Swedish Pizza Topping You'll Probably Never See In America

While you'd be hard put to find anyone who doesn't love pizza, the issue of what to put on top often divides us more than it unites us. Some purists prefer plain cheese (often a favorite of the littlest pizza eaters), while many can't get enough meat and others prefer veggies or maybe a mix of both. There is even a certain contingent that favor fruit — specifically, the always-controversial Hawaiian pizza. Gordon Ramsay hates it, as does the vast majority of the rest of the world, but there is a certain small but vocal contingent that will fight for their right to get pineapple on pizza.

If you're not one of these fruit fans, however, you'll probably be horrified at the idea of one of Sweden's most popular pizzas. According to Snopes, Tropicana pizza starts out like a typical Hawaiian one, topped with tomato sauce, cheese, ham, and, yes, pineapples, but then it gets even weirder with the addition of curry and — oh, and to our horror — bananas. We just...couldn't. Could you?

Sweden has a history of bizarre foods

Banana pizza, what madman could have possibly thought of such a thing? Only a Swede, to be sure. While the Swedish cuisine we're all familiar with from the IKEA cafe is mostly delicious and not at all weird, back in Sweden there's some stuff that's pretty...unique, to put it politely. Around the time the Muppets' Swedish Chef borked his first bork, a man in Sweden came up with a casserole sure to make you toss your kitchen utensils — the "Flygande Jacob," like the pizza, starts off ok with chicken, chili sauce, bacon, and cream, then gets slightly weird with the addition of peanuts, but goes totally bonkers by tossing in some bananas. Rather than laughing him out of the potluck (these were big in the 70's), his neighbors actually liked the stuff, and amazingly it caught on and Swedes are still eating it 50 years later.

Sweden is also the birthplace of some pretty peculiar pizzas, as well. While this horrifying Christmas mess (via Twitter) topped with sausage, meatballs, ham, anchovies, potatoes, and cabbage is bad enough, it seems someone's come up with something even worse. According to PMQ Pizza Magazine, a restaurant in Sweden is selling a pizza topped with kiwis! Mamma Mia, here we go again...What's next, pizza with meatballs and lingonberry sauce? Actually, that doesn't sound bad at all. Any interest, IKEA?