Per Fredriksson had planned to offer his family something of a mid-week delicacy, deciding to make homemade seafood pizza, the Swedish daily Aftonbladet reported.
When Fredriksson’s daughter exclaimed that there was a stone on her pizza, he had no idea that the small round object stuck in her retainer would turn out to be a precious jewel.
“It was a pearl! It is not that big, only about one to two millimetres in diameter but if you look closely you can’t mistake the mother-of-pearl sheen,” Fredriksson told the paper.
The family were very surprised at the unorthodox find.
“I have found hair in my pizza before but nothing like this,” Fredriksson told Aftonbladet.
Fredriksson theorised the pearl came from the can of smoked mussels he’d used to adorn his homemade pie.
Swedes are known for their somewhat unorthodox attitude to pizza toppings, with the ‘kebab pizza’ still reigning supreme as the favourite in Swedish households, according to the Swedish Pizza report (Svenska Pizzarapporten) from 2010.
The only time Swedes choose to forego this delicacy is when they get a chance to compose their own pizza from a variety of different – and sometimes quite outlandish- toppings, which can include anything from bananas to béarnaise sauce.
76 percent of Swedes choose an extra sauce to go with their pizza, with kebab sauce, garlic sauce and béarnaise sauce at the top of the list.
Swedes are also most likely to eat pizza during the winter, with the climax on New Year’s Day, when pizza consumption is doubled compared to a usual Sunday.
The next to largest pizza consuming day in Sweden is May 1st, the day after the Walpurgis eve celebration (Valborgsmässoafton).
Per Fredriksson doesn’t know what the family will do with the pearl but told Aftonbladet that they had no intention of selling the find.
“I think we’ll eat pizza every day from now on, “ Fredriksson told Aftonbladet.