For the banana lover in all of us, here’s a “news” item on St. Lucia’s banana ketchup to fill what is otherwise a slow news day:
Your first reaction to banana ketchup may be “eww,” but it should really be “ooh!” This atomic yellow substance is just one of the local products that comes out of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, and it’s probably the easiest take-home souvenir aside from a stupid hat or T-shirt.
The good news is, if you’re not in love with ketchup, then the island makes banana-tinged versions of barbecue and hot sauce as well. Mmm.
The taste: it’s okay if you go into trying banana ketchup thinking it’ll be too sweet or too banana-y, because the taste will banish those thoughts right away. You know how ketchup is super tomato-tasting? Well, banana ketchup isn’t super anything. It’s actually quite mild and thin, and tastes more like a light tropical chutney. Note: there are no tomatoes in it; it’s only bananas, vinegar, “spices,” and fresh garlic.
The price: We’ve only purchased in touristy areas of the island, so it’s a little higher priced than we think it regularly is. The price averages $3.50.
Where to find it: You can definitely buy it at St. Lucia’s Hewanorra Airport in the gift shops, at resort gift shops and in the markets around the Castries port. Just note that proper spelling as printed on the bottle: “banane ketshup.”