Is it Ketchup, Catchup or Catsup?

Do you use Ketchup, Catchup or Catsup? (It depends on where you live!)

Ketchup sauceKetchup, also catsup, is a table sauce, traditionally of various flavors, originally made from pickled fish, it was also prepared with mushrooms, oyster and walnut. In modern times the term usually means tomato ketchup, sometimes called tomato sauce, or red sauce.

History: In the 17th century the Chinese mixed a concoction of pickled fish and spices and called it kê-chiap (Mandarin Chinese= guī zhī, Cantonese= gwai zap) meaning the brine of pickled salmon or shellfish.

By the early 18th century, the table sauce had made it to the Malay states (present day Malaysia and Singapore), where it was discovered by English explorers. The Indonesian-Malay word for the sauce was kĕchap, which evolved into the English word “ketchup”. English settlers took ketchup with them to the American colonies, in the South it is referred to as catchup or catsup.



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