Donald Trump, president of the United States and a great defender of the consumption of products originating in his country, may not know that the ketchup, one of his favorite sauces and also one of the emblems of American cuisine, was created on the other side of the world, in China.
It is estimated that he was born around the seventeenth century and the original did not contain tomato, but was based on fermented fish, vinegar and spices. In the province of Fujian, the place where it was created and, coincidentally, where most of the Chinese immigrants who arrived in Argentina in recent decades come from, his name sounded phonetically like “ke-chiap”.
With trade between Europe and China, ketchup became known in the West, But it was necessary to wait until the 19th century for the first tomato and sugar-based variety to appear. (some older versions even contained alcohol in their recipe).
Do you know why ketchup became massive in the United States by being sold in a clear glass bottle? Because at the beginning there were no out-of-season tomatoes, and neither did preservatives, consumers were suspicious that the product was in poor condition. To reassure them, the producers decided to show the red color of the ketchup with transparent packaging.