One of the most popular sauces in the world is Ketchup, which main ingredient is tomato.
In the past, however, ketchup was made of anchovies, mushrooms, onions, oysters, lemons or walnuts!
In Japan, “ketchup” was made with ingredients: offal, stomach and bladder of yellow fish, which were washed and melted well and mixed with salt. Then they were left in the sun for a few weeks.
The English took the recipe and added beer.
In 1834, Dr. John Cook Bennett, a physician from Ohio, USA, declared that tomato was a medicine that could cure everything!
The doctor not only published tomato ketchup recipes, but had managed to concentrate it in pill form and sell it as a patented drug.
Within a few decades, ketchup had become a staple and it was a pretty popular eating dish.
A few years later, in 1876, Henry J. Heinz launched Ketchup in a bottle, and since then our famous Ketchup has been “stalking” on the shelves of all Supermarkets!