We are one week into the Chinese New Year and here’s an interesting fact we discovered recently. Did you know that the word “ketchup” has its origins in the Chinese language? Well, it does!

It comes from the Chinese word (roughly translated as) “k’e-chap” which means “brine of pickled fish.” It was a condiment that British explorers discovered during their 18th century travels to China. It didn’t have any tomatoes in it, though. That came later in the 19th century when the Heinz Company co-opted the term for another type of pickled condiment. Who knew?