It's Not Pineapple, Coconut or Fish...
Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014
You don't have to go far to enjoy one of the most popular foods in Hawaii – it's made right here in Minnesota! Hawaiians consume more Spam® per capita than any other state and are second only to Guam in world consumption (in Guam the average citizen eats 16 cans of Spam® per year!).
Spam® migrated from the U.S. mainland to the islands during World War II, when American servicemen stationed in Hawaii found this long-lived, portable salted pork product in their rations. Convenience and versatility may have had something to do with the staying power of the Hormel Foods Corporation's signature canned meat creation in Hawaii long after the war. Hawaiians found it to work well in dishes they already enjoyed. Children who were raised on it developed an affinity for it that has lasted to today, when the average Hawaiian eats more than 5 cans of Spam® per year.
Spam® is used in local dishes in a variety of ways, and not just by the home cook; it's common on restaurant menus, most commonly fried and served with rice. It's served at breakfast with fried eggs and at lunch on sandwiches with mayonnaise. At dinnertime and snacktime, it's often found in strifries and sushi. Spam® Musubi, a slice of fried Spam® upon a bed of rice wrapped with a strip of nori (dried seaweed), is one of the most popular snacks in Hawaii.
Over 7 million cans per year are sold in the Aloha State. If you can't get there, you can also find Spam® in the Grocery Department.