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Monday, 26 October 2015


Ketchup, or catsup, originated in China in 1690 as a pickled fish sauce called "ke-tsiap". British sailors took Asian catsup or ketchup from Singapore to England but the British were unable to duplicate the recipe so they started substituting other ingredients, including ground mushrooms, walnuts and cucumbers. Later the first recipe for "tomato catsup" appeared.

By the mid 1830s, Tomato Ketchup was being sold in the United States as a patent medicine. It was called Dr. Miles's Compound Extract of Tomato.

Charles Dickens was partial to "lamb chops breaded with plenty of ketchup".

In the 1870's New England colonists mixed tomatoes into the sauce creating the present day ketchup. It was F. & J. Heinz who launched in 1876 the first mass-produced and bottled tomato ketchup.

Heinz's ketchup was advertised as: "Blessed relief for Mother and the other women in the household!", a slogan which alluded to the lengthy and onerous process required to produce tomato ketchup in the home.

Ketchup and catsup are the same thing—Heinz called his product ketchup to help it stand out from his competitors who were peddling catsup.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, coal tar was used in ketchup to make the sauce red.

The 57 on a Heinz ketchup bottle represents the varieties of pickle the company once had.

Over 650 million bottles of Heinz Tomato Ketchup are sold around the world each year, with annual sales of more than £1 billion.

Heinz sells two sachets of ketchup each year for every person on Earth.

97% of all U.S. homes have ketchup.

Banana ketchup is popular in the Philippines.

French schools are banned from serving ketchup with French foods.

Ed Sheeran has a ketchup bottle tattooed on his arm.

Ketchup barely goes bad. It is good two years past its expiration date. And then it can go a year in the fridge or a few months room temperature.

You only need to consume eight packets of ketchup per day to stave off scurvy.

Source Food For Thought by Ed Pearce

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