Wednesday, August 25

Ketchup Facts

Happy Weird and Wacky Wednesday!!

 

Did you know that ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine?


In 1834 ketchup was sold as a cure for an unsettled stomach and lots of other aliments by a physician in Ohio named John Cook. It was even sold in pill form; could you imagine that? That would be amazing if ketchup was a magic cure, but we know its not! 

From the 1700's to 1850's the word ketchup stood for any number of dark sauces and the main ingredients was not tomatoes instead it was mushrooms and sometimes walnuts. There is a recipe in a cookbook in London dated 1742 with a fish sauce recipe which was ketchup back in those times. 


A recipe using tomatoes appeared in 1824 in America. However, ketchup as a condiment did not become popular until the late 19th century! It was sweetened and made with tomatoes and that's how ketchup has evolved over the years. 


Just wanted to share a bit of weird but fascinating history with you guys! Joey says enjoy your day!






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