Banana ketchup

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"Jufran Banana Sauce", a brand of banana ketchup made in Pasig City, Philippines shown with a plate of plantain tostones.

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.[1][2]

Flavor and use[edit]

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, fried chicken and other meats.

It is exported to countries and territories 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).

History[edit]

Filipina food technologist Maria Y. Orosa (1893–1945) is credited with inventing a banana ketchup recipe.[3][4][5]

In 1942, banana ketchup was first mass-produced commercially by Magdalo V. Francisco who founded the brand name Mafran (a portmanteau of his given name) which he registered with the Bureau of Patents.[citation needed] Francisco sought funding from Tirso T. Reyes to expand his business and thus, the Universal Food Corporation (UFC) was formed 1960.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Food from The Philippines: Banana Ketchup". The Longest Way Home. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  2. ^ Jose, Ricardo (1998). KASAYSAYAN The Story of The Filipino People. Philippines: Asia Publishing Company Limited. ISBN 962-258-230-3.
  3. ^ National Historical Institute of the Philippines: MARIA Y. OROSA (1893–1945). Pioneering Food Technologist and Inventor
  4. ^ Leonor Goguingco: "Maria Y. Orosa: In peace and war". Manila Bulletin, 2005. Online at the Internet Archive
  5. ^ Roces, Alejandro R. "Maria Ylagan Orosa". PhilStar. Retrieved 16 August 2017.