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Also, what is it with Pacific Islander people (Philipinos, Samoans and Hawaiians among others) and SPAM? I dont think many Americans eat it, and they love it.
WWII brought Spam to that part of the world!
The residents of the state of Hawaii
and the territories of Guam
and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
(CNMI) consume the most Spam per capita in the United States. On average, each person on Guam consumes 16 tins of Spam each year and the numbers at least equal this in the CNMI. Guam, Hawaii, and Saipan
, the CNMI's principal island, have the only McDonald's
restaurants that feature Spam on the menu. In Hawaii, Burger King
began serving Spam in 2007 on its menu to compete with the local McDonald's chains.
In Hawaii, Spam is so popular it is sometimes dubbed "The Hawaiian Steak".
One popular Spam dish in Hawaii is Spam musubi
, where cooked Spam is combined with rice
seaweed and classified as onigiri
Spam was introduced into the aforementioned areas, in addition to other islands in the Pacific such as Okinawa
and the Philippine Islands
, during the U.S. military occupation in World War II
. Since fresh meat was difficult to get to the soldiers on the front, World War II saw the largest use of Spam. GIs started eating Spam for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (Some soldiers referred to Spam as "ham that didn't pass its physical" and "meatloaf
without basic training".)
Surpluses of Spam from the soldiers' supplies made their way into native diets. Consequently, Spam is a unique part of the history and effects of U.S. influence in the Pacific.
The perception of Spam in Hawaii is very different from that on the mainland. Despite the large number of mainlanders who consume Spam, and the various recipes that have been made from it, Spam, along with most canned food, is often stigmatized on the mainland as "poor people food". In Hawaii, similar canned meat products such as Treet
are considered cheaper versions of canned meat than Spam. This is a result of Spam having the initial market share and its name sounding more convincing to consumers.
Four different types of Spam. Clockwise from top left: Garlic, Oven Roasted Turkey, Hot and Spicy, and the Japanese released version (Spam Less Sodium) of Spam.
In these locales, varieties of Spam unavailable in other markets are sold. These include Honey Spam, Spam with Bacon, and Hot and Spicy Spam
So, blame it on the GI's!