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One of the world’s oldest condiments - Dan Kwartler


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In the mid-18th century, England was crazy for ketchup. The sauce was a staple, but this ketchup wasn’t the ubiquitous red goop you’re familiar with today. In fact, it was a sweet and savory brown sauce that didn’t even have tomatoes in it. So where did this early ketchup come from, and how did it become the dip we know and love? Dan Kwartler traces the condiment's history.

Additional Resources for you to Explore

Interested in learning more about garum, the original ketchup of Ancient Rome? You can learn to make it yourself with this episode of the History Channel series, Ancient Recipes With Sohla. The fascinating evolution of ketchup has also been thoroughly mined by the podcasts Gastropod and Stuff You Should Know, which delve into everything from the condiment's Asian roots to its scandalous classification as a vegetable during the Reagan administration. And for some ketchup pop culture, learn how the popular TV series Mad Men ended up crafting a real-life Heinz ad campaign.   

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Dan Kwartler
  • Director Denys Spolitak
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Music Cem Misirlioglu, Greg Chudzik
  • Sound Designer Cem Misirlioglu
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Producer Sazia Afrin
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Fact-Checker Charles Wallace

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