Tomatoes and Ketchup

   Hey!! Hey!! Hey!! my buddies, it’s me again, your favorite blogger. Have you had lunch? Just about having lunch? Or you’d pass? Well,  I just had a bucket of crispy chicken and fries and, of course, what’s fries or chips as we commonly call it without ketchup? Fries and ketchup are like an age-long combo, they just compliment each other right? Some would beg to differ anyway haha    Ketchup really for me isn’t a luxury; I just must have it with my fries, I’m certain quite a number of you would share similar sentiments. Anyways, how much do you know about your ketchup sauce?

                             ORIGIN OF KETCHUP

   Ketchup comes from the Hokkien Chinese word, kê-tsiap,  a sauce derived from fermented fish. It is believed that traders brought fish sauce from Vietnam to southeastern China. British people who likely encountered ketchup in Southeast Asia returned home and, tried to replicate the fermented dark sauce. Ketchup is a table condiment or sauce typically referred to as tomato ketchup although original recipes use food items such as egg whites, mushrooms, oysters, grapes, or walnuts, generally, tomatoes are the main ingredient.

Tomato ketchup is a condiment made by mixing concentrated tomato paste with water, sugar, vinegar, salt in a method called Hot break method which is done by heating pulped tomatoes to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, an interesting process right?

                              KETCHUP AS MEDICINE

    Ketchup in the early years was used as medicine. Surprised yeah? that’s right, tomato ketchup was once believed to have medicinal properties and was used as a form of medication to cure diarrhea, indigestion, rheumatism and, jaundice. In 1834, Dr. John Cooke Bennett added tomatoes to ketchup and claimed that it could cure the above-mentioned diseases. This discovery led to a 15-year-period during which tomato sauce was sold as a form of medication. I bet you didn’t know that.

                                 TOMATOES IN DIET

   Tomatoes are most commonly utilized as a vegetable in the kitchen but you’d be amazed to know that it is indeed a fruit because they form from a flower and contain seeds. This beautiful red edible is very rich in potassium and other minerals and vitamins. They are have been proven to be very good for the development of bones as they are good sources of calcium as well. Ever heard that tomatoes are good for the heart? They sure are as they help in reducing cholesterol levels and maintaining healthy blood pressure.


    Tomatoes as we have seen are the main food ingredient in making ketchup and happens to also be one of our best sellers on Farmbuddy farms. Just like many other fruits, tomatoes come in many varieties and species and there are quite a number of them. There is the beefsteak species, cherry or grape tomatoes which can all be utilized in the production of ketchup sauce. For ketchup to be recognized as ketchup, at least 41 percent of it must be tomato concentrate according to research, I mean you don’t expect to purchase tomato ketchup and have the taste of cucumber in your mouth, I assume? So, expectedly, there’s a whole lot of pieces of tomatoes that would go into the production of ketchup. I’m talking a massive amount to produce ketchup on a large scale. That’s a great market for tomato farmers all over the world. Farmbuddy as an agric-tech industry has completed several tomato farm cycles and our tomato farms are still open for investment with a duration of 8months at 22% ROI.  We’d be glad to have you trust us with your funds as we farm for you and you earn amazing returns. Until next time, make sure you appreciate your tomato ketchup and how much tomatoes go into its production, the next time you hold one. Smiles



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