Banana ketchup or banana sauce is a popular Filipino condiment made from mashed banana, sugar, vinegar, and spices. It is often colored red to resemble tomato ketchup.
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Banana ketchup is sweeter than tomato ketchup and is similar in taste to the Indonesian ketchup manis and the Thai sweet chili sauce. In Filipino households, this ubiquitous condiment is preferred over American tomato ketchup and is used on just about any dish - omelettes (torta), hot dogs, burgers, fries, fish and meats. Banana ketchup is also a vital and distinct ingredient in Filipino-style spaghetti (sweeter than the traditional Italian spaghetti).
Some popular brands are: UFC, Jufran, Mafran, Papa, and Del Monte.
It was way back in 1938 when Magdalo V. Francisco, Sr. invented the formula for the manufacture of a food sauce derived from banana fruits, popularly known as Mafran sauce. In 1942, this was produced in commercial scale, and in the same year, he registered his trademark in his name as owner and inventor with the Bureau of Patents.
It is exported to countries where there is a considerable Filipino population (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Hong Kong, France, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand).
Filipino food technologist Maria Y. Orosa (1893-1945) is credited with inventing a banana ketchup recipe.