What condiment was sold in the 1830s as medicine?


Answer: Ketchup

About The Answer:

Tomato ketchup was sold in the 1830s for about fifteen years as a medicine for diarrhea, indigestion, rheumatism, and jaundice. Dr. John Cooke Bennett added tomatoes to a ketchup recipe and marketing the sauce as a cure. Other tomato-based concoctions and sauces were sold as medicine as well. Ketchup originally came from China and consisted of fermented fish and spices. The British absconded with the recipe and made the condiment more suited to their tastes, adding mushrooms as the primary ingredient. In the early 1800s, most ketchup recipes consisted of anchovies, onions, vinegar, spices, and lemon peel. Tomatoes were introduced to the recipe and ketchup, as we know it, seems here to stay.

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