12 most surprising facts about Ketchup

Ketchup is the most favorite tomato sauce while eating our yummy snacks. Whether we eat Hamburgers, Pizzas, or French Fries, the most sought thing on the table is Ketchup. Ketchup is typically known as Tomato Sauce but the word ‘Ketchup’ is way more than just Tomato Sauce. There is 50+ variety of Ketchup in the world like Mushroom Ketchup, Egg Ketchup, etc. This simple-looking ketchup on our plate has an astonishing history of more than 200 years. We all are just enjoying Ketchup but are unaware of its interesting facts. So, we’ll present you with 12 such ‘Yummy’ facts about Ketchup that all Ketchup lovers will like.

1. The world’s most expensive ketchup

Have you ever wondered about the highest amount paid for a single bottle of Ketchup? If yes, then you are at the right place for another interesting fact. A ketchup bottle having Ed Sheeran’s infamous Heinz Tomato Ketchup tattoo was sold for  $1,823.47 at Christie’s Auction House, London, and sets the world record for the most expensive bottle of ketchup. There are just 150 bottles of such edition in circulation and every bottle is signed by Sheeran himself. These bottles (having Ed Sheeran’s infamous Heinz Tomato Ketchup tattoo) come in a novelty speaker box. Moreover, the first three bottles of such edition were sold for a combined $4,437.10 at an auction at Christie’s Auction House, London and the amount raised will be donated to Sheeran’s nominated charity, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, and Heinz’s nominated charity, Rise Against Hunger. 

2. Earlier it was not used as a condiment 

Initially, when ketchup was introduced, it was not used as a condiment. Instead, it was a soul ingredient and used as a flavoring agent for soups, sauces, meats, and as an ingredient in dishes like pies. In past, instead of tomatoes, ingredients like mushrooms, anchovies, oysters, lemon, or even walnuts were used to make Ketchup. That’s why it was used as a soul ingredient in the past. Then, Tomato ketchup was invented in the market and the primary purpose of ketchup shifted with the popularisation of hot dogs, hamburgers, and french fries.

3. Rich in nutrition 

According to researchers, by consuming only 4  tablespoons of tomato ketchup, you will get the nutritional value equal to what we get from an entire medium-sized tomato. Isn’t it amazing!

4. ‘Ripe Tomatoes’ were used to made Ketchup

During the 19th Century, the production of Tomato Ketchup got started in a very harmful and Unhealthy way. Producers started using harmful preservatives and bacteria while making Ketchup. Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley who was against this practice decided to partner with Henry J. Heinz to make a healthy alternative Ketchup. Then Henry Heinz invented a recipe to make Ketchup with ‘Ripe Tomato’. Yes, you read it right. Heinz used Ripe Tomato because it contains a natural preservative called ‘Pectin’ which is way more healthy than the harmful ones. Ripe Tomato helps in saving the Ketchup from Spoilage. After this, they had sold more than 5 million bottles of Ketchup.

5. National Ketchup Day

A lot of days are celebrated in the world including Coconut Day, Chocolate Day, World Milk Day, Valentine’s Day, Teddy Day, Rose Day, Hug Day, Cheese Day,  etc. But can you believe that there is also a day known as National ketchup day? Yes, you heard it right. National ketchup day is celebrated on 5th June in the world every year

6. ‘Coal Tar’ in Ketchup

In the era of 1800s, Tomato Ketchup was started as Commercial Production. But, there was no full-proof method for preparing the Ketchup. Even there was a huge shortage of Fresh tomatoes to go with the demand. So, to tackle this problem, producers often used preservatives like Sodium Benzoate, Bacteria, and mold. You’ll be shocked to know that producers even used Coal Tar to dye the Ketchup to get the Red Colour.

7. World’s Largest Ketchup Sachet Producer

Hardly, there would be any person who doesn’t know heard about Heinz Ketchup. Heinz Company is a 150 years old company and the world’s largest Ketchup producer. Every year Heinz Company buys over 2 million tons of Tomatoes to complete their demand. The company introduced the Individual sachet in the year 1968. And, now the company is selling over 12 billion packets every year.

8. Fastest time to finish a tomato ketchup bottle 

It’s surprising to know that people even do bizarre things like drinking ketchup bottles and making world records. Mumbai man ‘Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya’ sets the Guinness World Record for drinking the tomato ketchup in the least time. The determined challenger has to swallow 95% from the unopened 396g tomato ketchup bottle for the attempt to be valid and he started with a drinking straw. When he had finished this task, he falls into a coughing fit once, but achieve this record in just 25.37 seconds. He not only holds this record but also other records including “Most oranges peeled and eaten in three minutes”, “Fastest time to peel and eat a grapefruit”, and  “Most grapes eaten in three minutes”, etc. 

Watch Video: Fastest time to drink a bottle of ketchup – Guinness World Records

9. It cleans! It polishes! 

Ketchup not only does the work of condiment at present but also is used as a cleanser and polisher for metals. This inexpensive cleanser and polisher is acidic because of its tomatoes and vinegar. Ketchup can remove the tarnish from copper and from brass items such as jewelery and lamps on which is highly effective. Also, it can polish steel and that’s why it is used to shine silverware and steel sinks. Moreover, keep one thing in mind that this condiment i.e. Ketchup can ruin the silverware if left on too long, so timely rinse it off. 

Watch Video: 9 unusual ways to clean and polish with ketchup

10. The Craze for Ketchup in America

The Craze for ketchup in America is just Insane. The United States of America is the largest producer and largest consumer of Ketchup in the World. Over 97% of household in America consumes ketchup in their house. If we calculate the total consumption like in Home, Cafes or Restaurant, an average American consumes 71 pounds of Ketchup every year. America produces over 12 million tonnes of Ketchup every year which is valued at over $1 Billion.

11. Crazy History of Ketchup

Ketchup has a very interesting history of Over 200 years. It is said that Ketchup was originated in British but the first written document found on Ketchup is in the year 1812. This document consists of the Recipe of Ketchup written by James Mease which is named ‘Love Apples’. Many countries started producing ketchup and later on a Commercial Scale. But then, people started using chemicals and preservatives like Benzoate and Coal Tar to produce Ketchup.

In 1876, Henry Heinz started producing preservative-free Tomato Ketchup. They attracted the American Market with their ‘healthy’ Ketchup and started dominating the market. As a result, Heinz sold more than 5 million bottles of Ketchup in the Year 1905. As Global Industry started changing and innovation arrived, Ketchup Industry also saw drastic changes. Initially, Ketchup was sold in bottles and later changed to sold in packets, sachets, different shaped Bottles. Currently, Ketchup is the Largest Ketchup producing company in the World.

12. The Amazing Heinz Ketchup Company

Heinz Company is over 150 year old company started way back in 1869. This company is started by H.J Heinz as a Natural Ketchup Making company. Along with time, Heinz company has taken a structure of a food processing industry. Heinz Company is the third largest food company in the USA. Here are some interesting facts about Heinz you must Know:

  •  Heinz sold their products in 80% of the total countries in the world.
  •  In 1999, NASA approved Heinz Ketchup to be used in International Space Station.
  •  Heinz has its own museum with beautiful Artifacts which is the World’ largest museum of any company.
  •  Heinz sold more than 5700 products globally.

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