Even though ketchup is commonplace in the United States, you might be surprised to learn that its origins aren't American at all. According to National Geographic, ketchup originated in China where "ke-tsiap" is the name of a sauce made using fermented fish. It is thought that the British tasted this sauce abroad, enjoyed it, and sought to recreate it once they returned home. Naturally, early versions of ketchup differ greatly from what we recognize today.
These days, we know ketchup as being deep red, gloppy, slightly sweet, and uniquely tangy. Adored by both children and adults, this condiment is manufactured by many companies — most notably Heinz. The company began manufacturing their famous best-selling tomato ketchup in 1971 and never stopped. Today, Heinz makes a wide array of flavored ketchups, too. From balsamic to Sriracha, they have continued to innovate and maintain a firm grip on the ketchup market.
I'd like to keep the condiment love going by letting you in on a secret. Besides hot dogs, burgers, and fries, ketchup is delicious cooked into some of your favorite dishes. It imbues various foods with just the right amount of zesty flavor and does a lot of the heavy lifting as far as seasoning goes. In our modern world of busy chefs and limited time, you may find that ketchup is a bit of a miracle worker, making your culinary life just a touch more delicious. Long live the red sauce.