TIL: Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine. In 1834, it was sold as a cure for an upset stomach by an Ohio physician named John Cook. It wasn’t popularized as a condiment until the late 19th century.

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  1. Ketchup of today also originally came from Chinese fish sauce called ke-tsiap, meaning “pickled fish sauce”. It has mutated a lot since Western cooks attempted to reverse engineer the recipe and got it very wrong to start with by making it out of mushrooms. Tomatoes were added in the Americas, and the cheap tomatos eventually squeezed out the more expensive mushrooms. Incidentally, ketchup was the first way European people accepted eating tomatoes because they were processed and combined with many other ingredients.

    Also, if you ever make mushroom ketchup, it is pretty tasty!

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