It strikes me that pizza lovers everywhere have unleashed their creative prowess when it comes to making their choice of pizza toppings. Pizza can be a healthy option (and fast to make at home–pizza on a stick anyone?) if you select a healthy base and nutritious toppings.
According to some estimates, 5 billion people worldwide eat pizza every year. It’s interesting to note that all of these taste buds respond differently to certain types of food. Take a look at these 12 countries and their habits when it comes to choosing a pizza topping.
Shhhh… Don’t tell the kids. In Finland, the pizza toppings of choice when it comes to Pizza Berlusconi (named after a former Italian prime minister) are chanterelle mushrooms, red onion and reindeer. I guess this checks the protein box.
The Japanese are renowned for their long lifespans, and this could be one reason: They select their pizza toppings from a list of seafood types and replace the tomato sauce with squid ink, which contains proteins, healthy minerals and dopamine, a calming neurotransmitter.
Mockba is a Russian-style pizza combo that mixes tuna, sardines, salmon, mackerel, red herring and onions (typically served cold). All signs are pointing to a huge hit of omega 3 essential fatty acids.
Banana curry pizza, anyone?
Aah, the French do it well. I wouldn’t have considered this myself, but why not fry an egg (a protein boost) and lay it sunny side up over a bed of tomato sauce, arugula, spinach and cheese. Delish!
Let the spice lead the way, with chicken tikka cooked to perfection on a soft dough base. Yum.
These Central Americans are all about what’s good for the body, which shines through in the pizza combination of shrimp and coconut.
The Australians have a few protein favorites, including kangaroo, crocodile and emu. They also enjoy a breakfast bonanza of ham, bacon and egg served with a hot cup of coffee before they set off for a work.
Minced mutton, pickled ginger and a type of cottage cheese called paneer is what to expect on a pizza in this South Asian country.
Green peas sprinkled over a bed of cheese? Yes, it’s a pizza thing in Brazil, along with quail eggs, carrots and beets.
Up in the Scottish Highlands you could order a haggis pizza with cavolo nero (aka black cabbage) and black chile jam with mozzarella. So what is haggis? It’s a savory pudding made from sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs). It’s minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, salt and stock, and traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach. Sound tasty?
Sprinkle a handful of pine nuts on this Palestinian pizza after mixing a blend of spices, cinnamon and olive oil across the base.
If these global spins on your favorite pizza pie are a bit too adventurous, take baby steps with this Thai chicken pizza—a Taste of Home favorite.