Ketchup: Did you know that…

– the ancestor of tomato ketchup as we know it today did not include tomato as an igredient?
– Romans used a sauce with the name “liquamen” and this was the ancestor of the ketchup. It was a sauce especially for accompanying  fish dishes and its igredients were vinegar, olive oil, pepper and mashed anchovies.
-during 17th century AD the Chinese were eating fish with another similar sauce with the name ke-tiap or kecap and its igredients were anchovies, walnuts, mushrooms and beans. This sause became famous in Singapore and Malaysia and from there the british sailors brought it to England where it got its name ketchup as we know it today.
-tomatoes were added to this mixture in 1790 at New England of United Stated of America.
in 1876, Henry J. Heinz creates a mass production of ketchup glass bottles which advertised them with the famous moto “Blessed relief for Mother and the other women in the household!”. Since then the Heinz tomato ketchup recipe remains the same.
-tomato ketchup is deliscious and the health benefits are always superb, although using it with unhealthy food such as fries or hamburger will not prevent you from gaining extra fat and calories

..more of “Did you know that” next week!


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