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How Australians Can Reduce Food Waste With This Banana Ketchup Recipe

Why Are People Searching For Banana Ketchup?

Right this second, banana ketchup is an ‘exploding topic’ that is currently trending on a global scale, with a 2,200% increase in internet searches this month alone.

What Is Banana Ketchup?

Sweeter than tomato ketchup, but distinctly less tangy.

Introducing Filipino-style banana ketchup. This banana-based sauce receives its signature red ketchup colour thanks to food colouring, with not tomato in sight. one Banana ketchup is a condiment born during World War II as a creative alternative to a Filipino lack of tomatoes. Whilst tomatoes were scarce, the Philippines had bananas in abundance.

Why Australians Should Try Making Banana Ketchup

Bananas are Australia's largest horticultural industry and highest selling supermarket product. Queensland produces 94% of Australia’s bananas according to the Australian Banana Growers' Council.

However, with more than 100,000 tonnes of Australian bananas going to waste every year because the fruit does not meet cosmetic retail standards, could this saucy new Asian food trend from the Phillipines solve this particular food waste problem?

Tackling Banana Food Waste This BBQ Season

What makes you pick a particular banana out of the bunch and leave the rest behind? Does it look too green? Are there bruises? According to a recent Australian documentary, War On Waste, consumers won’t buy bananas if they are too bent or too straight. It’s bananas!

Luckily, there’s a delicious sauce alternative practically designed for these leftover bananas. Make the most of Australia's star supermarket ingredient by rustling up some banana ketchup for a delicious condiment sauce to brighten up BBQs this summer.

Banana Ketchup Recipe

Ingredients:

4 bananas

1 tablespoon of chopped garlic

1 tablespoon of tomato paste

Water, as needed

Asian Banana Dishes To Try

For Asian-inspired twists this BBQ season, check out our recipe for Asian Pork Burgers. Or grab four ripe bananas to create some air-fried banana spring rolls, and round it all off a dessert like these thai grilled sweet bananas. For more asian-inspired dishes, just head to our Weekly Menu.