Ketchup is a condiment. Traditionally, recipes used egg whites, mushrooms, oysters, mussels, or walnuts, among other ingredients, but in modern times the unmodified term usually refers to tomato ketchup.
Ketchup is a sweet and tangy sauce, typically made from tomatoes, sweetener, and vinegar, with assorted seasonings and spices. The latter vary by recipe, but commonly include onions, allspice, coriander, cloves, cumin, garlic, mustard and sometimes celery, cinnamon or ginger.
The market leader in the United States (82% market share) and United Kingdom (60%) is Heinz. In much of the UK, ketchup is also known as "tomato sauce" (although this means a fresher pasta sauce elsewhere in the world) or (especially in Wales) "red sauce."
Tomato ketchup is often used as a condiment to various dishes that are usually served hot: French fries, hamburgers, hot sandwiches, hot dogs, meat pies, cooked eggs, and grilled or fried meat. Ketchup is sometimes used as the basis for, or an ingredient in, other sauces and dressings, and it is also used as an additive flavoring for snacks like potato chips.
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