Banana ketchup or banana sauce is a popular Philippine fruit ketchup condiment made from mashed banana, sugar, vinegar, and spices. Its natural color is brownish-yellow, but it is often dyed red to resemble tomato ketchup. Banana ketchup was made when there was a shortage of tomato ketchup during World War II, due to lack of tomatoes and a comparatively high production of bananas.
Flavor and use
In Filipino households, this condiment is used on many assorted dishes - omelettes (torta), hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, fish, charcoal-grilled pork barbecue and chicken skewers, and other meats. Banana ketchup is also a vital and distinct ingredient in Filipino-style bolognese sauce, which is sweeter than the traditional Italian bolognese sauce.
It is exported to countries where there is a considerable Filipino population (United States, Spain, Canada, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Hong Kong, France, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, and United Arab Emirates).
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