From cranberry ketchup to mushroom ketchup, there’s lots of non-tomato ketchup to explore. Photo by Lauri Patterson IST.
STEPHANIE ZONIS is a Contributing Editor at THE NIBBLE.
Last Updated August 2010
A Fresh Look At Ketchup
Page 9: Tomato Ketchup Reviews ~ Non-Tomato-Based Ketchups, From Banana Ketchup To Plum
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- Barry Farm Apple Horseradish Catsup. Aroma: faint apple, some spices, and vinegar. Taste: some apple sweetness, some salt, some horseradish/vinegar. Per one ounce serving: 20 calories, sugars not listed, 114 mg sodium. First ingredient: apples. Sweetener: cane juice crystals. Tomato-free. Powerful sharp aftertaste. No date code.
- *Barry Farm Cranberry Catsup. Aroma: sharp and vinegary, faint berry scent. Taste: cranberry, with sour and sharp notes and a little hit of vinegar at the end. A favorite. You’ll know there are cranberries in this, both from the appearance and the flavor. Much thicker consistency than most, almost preserve-like. No nutrition information. First ingredient: cranberries. Sweetener: cane juice crystals. Tomato-free. Chunky texture. No date code.
- Barry Farm Pear Catsup. Aroma: vinegar and spice. Taste: sharp, salty and with spices, but it also includes the delicate sweetness of pears. Vinegar punch at the end. Slightly chunky texture. Per one ounce serving: 20 calories, sugar content not listed, 114 mg sodium. First ingredient: pears. Sweetener: cane juice crystals. Tomato-free. No date code.
- *Barry Farm Plum Catsup. Aroma: spices. Smells like autumn with a little sharpness. Taste: beautiful, indefinable fruit sweetness, sweet spices, and some vinegar aftertaste. Thinner consistency than most. A favorite. No nutrition information. First ingredient: plums. Sweetener: brown sugar. Tomato-free. No date code.
- Barry Farm Rhubarb Catsup. Aroma: vinegar and spices. Taste: slightly sour, with some tomato flavor, some element of spice and sweetness, and a vinegar “kick” aftertaste. No nutrition information. First ingredient: rhubarb. Sweetener: cane juice crystals. Surprisingly, this does contain tomatoes, but they are not the predominant ingredient. No date code.
- *†Chef Allen’s Mango Ketchup. Aroma: mangos and a bit of spice. Taste: the sweetness of mangos, with an aftertaste of spice that curls around the edges of your tongue. Thinner consistency than most. A favorite. Per one tablespoon serving: 20 calories, 4g sugars, 25mg sodium. First ingredient: mangos. Sweetener: sugar. Tomato-free. Bright orange color. Certified kosher by The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations. No date code.
- *Geo. Watkins Mushroom Ketchup. Aroma: sweet spices and vinegar (here called “acetic acid”). Taste: salt, salt and more salt. Some mushroom flavor, with a powerful vinegar aftertaste. See the “Preserve Us!” section of this piece; this is an old-style ketchup, pre-dating tomato ketchups. Much thinner consistency than most, with a dark brown color. No nutrition information. First ingredient: water (second ingredient is salt). Sweetener: technically, none, though the corn-based maltodextrin in the mushroom powder may provide a very modest amount. Date coded.
- Love Family Farms Banana Ketchup. Aroma: sharp, vinegary. Taste: indefinable fruit, sharp, sour and spice. Definite vinegar flavor as well as aftertaste. Really interesting flavor, but you wouldn’t know it was made from bananas. Slightly thinner consistency than most. No nutrition information. First ingredient: Hawaiian grown bananas. Sweetener: honey, brown sugar. Tomato-free. No date code.
- Nomato Ketchup by Norine. Aroma: carrots, gentle vinegar, a little spice. Taste: carrots, salt and spice; some vinegar aftertaste. Slightly chunky texture that is somewhat thicker than most. Per one tablespoon serving: 20 calories, 3g sugars, 100mg sodium. First ingredient: organic carrots. Sweetener: organic brown rice syrup, sugar. Tomato-free. Bright orange color. No decipherable date code.
- Tracklements Sweet Mustard Ketchup. Aroma: vinegar, sharply mustardy. Taste: mustard, salt, vinegar, somewhat sharp aftertaste. Thinner consistency with some visible mustard seeds. Be aware that this is a mustard sauce called a ketchup. No nutrition information. First ingredient: mustard. Sweetener: raw cane sugar. Tomato-free. Date coded.
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- Cook’s Illustrated (Number 88: October, 2007, page 9)
- Del Monte Foods, Bryson W. Thornton, Corporate Communications
- Malcolm Gladwell, “Taste Technologies,” (The New Yorker, September 6, 2004)
- Pure Ketchup: A History of America’s National Condiment, by Andrew F. Smith (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1996)
- U.S. Food And Drug Administration
- Yahoo Business
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