The species, Solanum Lycopersicum which is commonly known as the tomato plant, originated in Central and South America but did not become a common food item until it populated in Mexico. It is believed that the first ketchup recipe came about in the early 1700s because the first published recipe was published in 1732 by Richard Bradley. It was called "Ketchup in Paste"
One thing is for sure, tomatoes are multifaceted, and can be created a great variety of sauces. One of the most common being ketchup! Ketchup is one of the basic sauces that is good on almost anything. I would dare to say that almost every refrigerator has at least a small bottle of ketchup. As a matter of fact, a recent study showed that 97% of all U.S. households do. There are many types of ketchup such as: spicy ketchup, sweet chili ketchup, sriracha ketchup, and the list goes on and on. We also use tomatoes for other things such as pizza sauce, spaghetti sauces, bbq sauces, salsas, etc. I think the number one food that is eaten with ketchup is french fries. Who doesn't love french fries and ketchup!