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5 Foods Thought Originated From America

Updated on September 7, 2017


The word ketchup has its origin from Southeast Asia in 1711. It was originally known as a fish sauce. kôe-chiap or ké-tsiap in the Amoy dialect of China, where it meant the brine of pickled fish or shellfish. It was discovered by The

It was discovered by The English travelers when in Asia discovered it when it was still fish sauce, brought it back to England and tried to recreate it.

Early versions of the condiment did not contain Tomatoes instead being made up of shallots, oysters, anchovies, mushrooms, and walnuts. The addition of tomatoes did not happen till the early 1800's. The most common name back then was known

The addition of tomatoes did not happen till the early 1800's. The most common name back then was known as catup before the modern term ketchup was used, although, in some parts of the world such as Mexico, the term catup is still used.

There are other kinds of ketchup in the modern day which do not make use of tomatoes such as plum, pear, sweet mustard, cranberry, carrot etc.



Doughnuts have been around in different forms around the world but the Dutch were credited with the idea, as it is said They were originally brought over by the Dutch immigrants when they came to settle in NewYork. it was known as new Amsterdam back then.

The first known recipe for a doughnut was discovered in an English cookbook in the 1800's.

The hole in the doughnut comes from an old story in the mid-1840's where Hanson Gregory's mother who wanted her son to have doughnuts on his ship travel as to make them for him but filled the center with walnuts or fruits because the dough never baked all the way through. Hanson found out he needed both his hands for steering and could not hold his doughnut at the same time so he skewered it through his shop's spokes and so the doughnut hole was born.

The doughnut became popular in America during the WW1 named doughnut girls who served doughnuts to soldiers, their names later changed to doughnut dollies in WW2.

After that, the doughnuts began being mass produced especially since Adolph Levitt created the first doughnut machine in the year 1920.

The 1940's gave birth to large doughnut franchises like Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme.


Fried Chicken

The wild jungle fowl was domesticated in early times by the south eastern Asians. Chickens were rarely eaten then due to how precious they were in different cultures.

The West African fried chicken was seasoned and fried in palm oil, and the Scottish type was unseasoned and fried in fat.

The then enslaved segregated Africans used fried chicken as a way of gaining funds. It was introduced into the southern community where it became a staple food.

After the emergence of chicken farming, the fried chicken became more widespread as they became cheaper to buy.



The term "hamburger" derives from the name of the city Hamburg in Germany. Although it is said that the hamburger originated from Germany that is more or less not true even though the inspiration for the hamburger did come from Germany. Russians brought the recipe to the Germans in the 17th century, arriving through the Hamburg port.

In the 1840s, German immigrants fleeing political revolutions in their country left for America. The Hamburg steak is said to have been eaten on the ships before arriving in America.

Hamburgers weren’t popular until its introduction at the St. Louis World’s fair held in the year 1904. Hamburgers during the WW1 were known by the name Liberty Sandwich by American soldiers because they wanted to avoid using a German name.

The difference between Hamburg steaks and hamburgers as we know them today is the addition of the two buns.



Pickles have been around for thousands of years reportedly since 2030 BC as they are mentioned in the Bible (Numbers 11:5 and Isaiah 1:8) and also during the time of Cleopatra as she claimed they helped with her beauty; Aristotle also gave credit to pickles for their healing powers.

Pickles are made with a very basic brine of equal parts cider vinegar and water mixed with salt which fruit is then immersed into until they are pickled.

The pickle was brought to America by the immigration of the European jews in NewYork city in the early 1900's, they made it as a means to make money as it was an inexpensive item to make and sell.



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