Katie-Lucie was asking me if I’ve heard of a strawberry ketchup in my strawberry risotto post. I haven’t but for today, I’m going to show you, Banana Ketchup!
Banana Ketchup is a Filipino invention during the world war two. Tomato was scarce during the time. But there was an abundant supply of bananas. Hence, instead of making tomato ketchup, banana ketchup was created as a replacement. And since then, it became very popular in the Philippines.
Basically its made up of bananas, water, sugar, vinegar, salt and starch. A red dye was added to make it look like ketchup. I think that it would be better if it wasn’t dyed. Its kind of deceiving to be something that it’s not.
Nevertheless I spotted this in the Asian grocery in the mercato some months back and it intrigued me so much that I had to give it a try.
Visually, it looks kind of tomato ketchup even with the lumpy banana bits in the sauce. Taste wise, it was not bad. But it does takes a bit of getting used to as it tastes sweet. Not really the type of condiment that I’m used to.
I’ve still more than half a bottle left. I’m not sure what to do with it.