Ketchup or Catsup?

Did you know -Henry J. Heinz began making ketchup in 1876 but he was neither the inventor nor the first to bottle it. His recipe remains the same to this day.

When Henry J. Heinz first put ketchup on the shelves of grocery stores, many others tried to catch up.  There were many names to the new condiment: Ketchup, Catsup, Catchup, Katsup, Catsip, Cotsup, Kotchup, Kitsip, Catsoup, Katshoup, Katsock, Cackchop, Cornchop, Cotpock, Kotpock, Kutpuck, Kutchpuck and Cutchpuck. All were tomato based and bottled. Three major brands became the most popular: Heinz Ketchup, Del Monte Catsup, and Hunts, who could not decide on a spelling and bottled under the names Hunts Catsup (east of the Mississippi), Hunts Ketchup (west of the Mississippi). My dad was known to ask for the ‘catsoup’ version. And I thought he was making it up.

A Vegetable or a Fruit?

Ketchup was declared to be one serving of a vegetable in the 1980s by the government for school lunch menus. Now Del Monte’s Catsup was not on the approved list. Shortly afterward Del Monte changed the product’s name to Del Monte Ketchup.

So KETCHUP is the proper term (if you want to have a vegetable)!