less commonly catsup) is a popular condiment,
usually made with ripened tomatoes.
The basic ingredients in modern ketchup are tomatoes, vinegar,
and other vegetables are frequent additions. In the UK,
Australia, South Africa, Malaysia, Iran and New Zealand,
their vinegar-less variant of ketchup is commonly referred
to as tomato sauce or red gravy.
Ketchup has not
always been made out of tomatoes. It started out as a
general term for sauce, typically made of mushrooms
or fish brine with herbs and spices. Mushroom ketchup is
still available in some countries, such as the UK. Some
popular early main ingredients include blueberry,
oyster, lobster, walnut,
The largest major
commercial distributors of ketchup in the United States
are the H. J. Heinz Company, Hunt's, Del Monte Foods, and
Ketchup is often
used for chips (French fries in North America), sandwiches
and on grilled/fried meats. Ketchup with mayonnaise forms
the base of Thousand Island dressing.
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