Reading a topic about different condiments, I decided to try banana catsup.
It is made from bananas but has the look and taste of tomato catsup ... sort of.
Here’s a little more about it and a picture courtesy of Hormel.
There are two types – regular and hot. The regular is a little sweeter than catsup but similar. The spicy ... like spicy catsup.
Let me preface this with the fact that there is not another person I could find on the web that dislikes this stuff ... except me.
The texture though is closer to mashed bananas ... quivering ... gelatinous ... mashed bananas ... turned red courtesy of red dye # 40. Here’s a wild guess. Mashed bottled bananas probably are an unattractive color and the dye is to cover that up.
It also separates, so there is a watery layer around the catsup. Yet, it is twice as difficult as catsup to remove from the bottle. It needed to be persuaded out with a knife.
The only reason for this would be if you are in an area with more bananas than tomatoes.
Since there were mentions of using it on ice cream ... I sucked it in and gave it a try. It was ... ok.
Dealing with a condiment that was originally bananas, I settled on Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ... perhaps the catsup would be happy to meet up with another banana product. I didn’t have a lot of it, but it wasn’t awful. The hot catsup gave the ice cream a pleasant spicy kick. The regular added a pleasant saltiness. It looked pretty gross though.
Here’s the nutritional info.
The label says “All Natural, No Preservatives” Then the ingredients listed includes - sodium benzoate (E211) as preservative, acidulant, FD&C Yellow #5 (E102), FD&C Red #40 (E129), titanium dioxide (E171)
Made by Heinz in the Phillipines.
Suggested for use on or in:
Omeletes *, steamed rice and veggies, cake !, lumpia, ice cream *, spaghetti, deep-fried sweet-potatoes, french fries*, BBQ sauce, cocktail sauce, hot dogs *, grilled poultry, pad thai .
* tried that ... once
! don’t think so ... we are talking catsup on cake ... no, no, no
Here’s an great article about the history of catsup which got its start in 17th-century China as Ke-tsiap, a spicy pickled-fish condiment. There is an amusing story about the million dollar settlement by Del Monte when a woman fed catsup to her cat. The cat’s hair started to glow orange-red. Guess the Del Monte slogan at the time “Even Cats like our Catsup!”, wasn’t such a good idea. Someone should have actually tested it on a cat.
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