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How To Make Banana Ketchup 

by Fabian Jackson

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Love ketchup on just about everything? Then keep reading to discover all about Filipino banana ketchup – it might just become your new favourite sauce. 

Banana ketchup

Banana ketchup, a Heinz-Esque development of banana sauce, is a popular sweet and tangy Filipino condiment that was first produced in the Philippines during the second world war when there was a shortage of tomatoes but an abundance of bananas. The sauce is used in a similar way to regular ketchup – on chips, in burgers, sandwiches and with any other dish that isn’t complete without a squeeze of the red stuff.  

ketchup in a dish

Well, brown-come-yellow stuff to be honest – but it’s usually dyed red so look more like tomato ketchup. 

What does banana ketchup taste like? 

If it’s not a taste that you think you can picture, you might be surprised to read that it mostly just tastes like regular tomato ketchup. This is mostly because the same spices and seasonings are used in both types of ketchup – think vinegar and sugar as well as chilli or ginger for some extra warmth. 

Homemade ketchup might remain a little more banana-flavour, but trust us, that’s no bad thing. 

Banana ketchup recipe

bunch of bananas

We recommend trying this traditional recipe from Panlasang Pinoy for an authentic banana ketchup experience! 

Banana ketchup nutrition facts

Strictly speaking, there aren’t many health benefits attributed to banana ketchup, but not everything we eat has to be a superfood, does it?

Keep your plant-based questions coming our way!


By Fabian Jackson
Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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