America's most favorite condiment, ketchup, was first made available as pill medication and was said to cure all kinds of diseases.
Named, "Dr. Miles' Compound Extract of Tomato," Archibald Miles marketed what he claimed to be a tomato extract with medicinal properties in the United States. The extract was sold in the 1830s in the form of pills with recommended dosages for a variety of illnesses and ailments. Many Americans purchased the pills in the hopes the medication would rid them of their ailments by "purifying their blood."
Although no one is certain of what exactly they were made of, the tomato extract pills probably contained vitamin C and laxatives. Regardless of whether they were actually beneficial or not, they made a lot of money for Miles and other sellers who followed in his footsteps in the lucrative tomato medicine business.
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Does not the name come from an Indonesian condiment? Soy sauce, sugar, etc. boiled together.