In many tropical countries where bananas are more common than tomatoes, many condiments are made from bananas instead of the ketchup-based sauces that are more familiar in America. One of these refreshing differences is Jufran, a red banana ketchup made in The Philippines that has permanently converted me away the plain old American stuff. Most people should be able to handle the hot Jufran, which features a pleasant chili heat without an overpowering vinegar taste.

I've pretty much stopped eating french fries because so few restaurants offer Jufran as a condiment, so I've started baking more tater tots at home instead. You should be able to find medium-sized glass bottles of Jufran at Mexican or Asian grocery stores for about US$1.75. Go there for the Jufran, and who knows what else you'll find while you're there.

Ingredients: Banana, Water, Sugar, Vinegar, Salt, Spices, 0.1% Sodium Benzoate as preservative, FD&C Yellow #5 (Tartazine) and FD&C Red # 40 as artificial coloring.

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