Banana ketchup
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Banana ketchup from Pasig, Philippines, with plantain tostones
Alternative namesBanana sauce
Place of originPhilippines
Associated national cuisinePhilippines
Created byMaria Y. Orosa
Main ingredientsBanana

Banana ketchup (or banana sauce) is a popular Philippine fruit ketchup condiment made from banana, sugar, vinegar and spices. Its natural color is brownish-yellow but it is often dyed red to resemble tomato ketchup. Banana ketchup was first produced in the Philippines during World War II due to a wartime shortage of tomatoes but a comparatively high production of bananas.[1][2]


In Filipino households, this condiment is used on many assorted dishes: omelettes (torta), hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, fish, charcoal-grilled pork barbecue and chicken skewers, fried chicken and other meats.


Filipina food technologist Maria Y. Orosa (1892–1945) is credited with inventing the product.[3][4][5]

In 1942, banana ketchup was first mass-produced commercially by Magdalo V. Francisco Sr.[6] who founded the brand name Mafran (a portmanteau of his given name and surname)[7] which he registered with the Bureau of Patents.[citation needed] Francisco sought funding from Tirso T. Reyes to expand his business and therefore the Universal Food Corporation (UFC) was formed in 1960.

See also


  1. ^ "Food from The Philippines: Banana Ketchup". The Longest Way Home. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  2. ^ Jose, Ricardo (1998). KASAYSAYAN The Story of The Filipino People. Philippines: Asia Publishing Company Limited. ISBN 962-258-230-3.
  3. ^ National Historical Institute of the Philippines: MARIA Y. OROSA (1893–1945). Pioneering Food Technologist and Inventor Archived 2013-09-21 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Leonor Goguingco: "Maria Y. Orosa: In peace and war". Manila Bulletin, 2005. Online at the Internet Archive
  5. ^ Roces, Alejandro R. "Maria Ylagan Orosa". PhilStar. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  6. ^ Soken-Huberty, Emmaline (2019-12-05). "Taste of the Philippines: The Banana Ketchup Story". Gildshire. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  7. ^ Batangas, Buhay. "Maria Orosa: the Taal-Born Scientist credited with the Invention of the Banana Ketchup". Buhay Batangas. Retrieved 2020-10-22.