To celebrate our birthday, here are 8 surprising facts about Ketchup that you may not know.
- On 7 February 2012, German TV reporter Benedikt Weber drank a 4oz bottle of ketchup through a straw in an incredible 32.37 seconds at Chong’s Diner in Nuremberg. Legend or fool?
- Early versions of ketchup were made from anchovies, shallots, oysters, lemons or walnuts. We prefer today’s tomato-based sauce…
- Heinz is the top ketchup brand worldwide. It is the third-best-selling condiment in the USA, topped only by mayonnaise and salsa.
- Ketchup was considered to be a medicine around 1835 and was sold as tomato pills. It was the brainchild of Dr. John Cook Bennett from Ohio University who thought that tomatoes could cure illnesses such as diarrhoea, jaundice, and indigestion. They can’t.
- But it is good for the heart and helps reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, thanks to it being an excellent source of lycopene, inhibiting inflammation and cell damage caused by free radicals.
- The first recorded recipe for ketchup came from China around 544 A.D. Made from “the intestine, stomach, and bladder of the yellow fish, shark and mullet,” it needed 20 days of incubation in sunlight before people ate it…
- In 1866, French cookbook author Pierre Blot penned a warning against ketchup, calling it “filthy, decomposed, and putrid,” and adding that “many cases of debility and consumption” come from “eating such stuff.”
- Ketchup flows out of the classic Heinz bottle at a rate of .028 miles per hour. For comparison, a typical garden snail moves at a zippy 0.03 miles per hour.
So it’s official. We’re popular all over the world, we win awards, break records and we’re good for your (business) health. Find out why. Call us today for a FREE assessment of your marketing needs. For 8 year olds, you’ll find we talk a lot of sense…