World’s Most Popular Condiments

Condiments from around the worldWe all add a little extra flavor to our food by soaking them in condiments.  Ketchup, Mustard, and Relish are three of the most popular in the United States and would be on the top of people’s lists if you were to ask them.  However, it may surprise you but NONE of these are in the world’s most popular condiments to add to food!  The rest of the world doesn’t really care for them.  Just in time for your Labor Day picnic, here ARE the best list of toppings to add to food…

myfivebest -1OLIVE OIL

I know, it doesn’t really sound like a condiment, but people all over the world use olive oil to drizzle on their foods, soak their bread in, and top sandwiches.  Oolive oil comes in various quality grades. Extra-virgin olive oil, the first pressing from the olives, is considered the best.  You can find this oil in a variety of different flavors and mixed with different ingredients from spicy to buttery.


myfivebest - 2HOT PEPPER SAUCE

I love spicy foods and a popular condiment with me is a dash of Tabasco sauce.  Little did I know is that the rest of the world likes it to! Depending on where you live in the world, hot pepper sauce is a staple food covering.  Made with different peppers, from chilis to jalapenos to African bird peppers; hot sauce is mixed with vinegar and a variety of spices and fruits.  They all go into the food we eat to give it that extra “little kick”.


myfivebest - 3HARISSA

I’ll be honest.  I’ve never heard of this condiment, but apparently, it is the additive of choice throughout North Africa and the Middle East.  Made from a spicy blend of oil, chiles, garlic, cumin, coriander, caraway, garlic paste, and serrano peppers it is served with couscous, soups, and stews.  You will find that harissa is very spicy and similar to hot sauce.  It comes in cans, bottles and tubes (like toothpaste).  It is currently becoming popular in Europe where people put it on breakfast rolls and as a pizza topping.


myfivebest - 4FISH SAUCE

Just the name of this condiment sounds nasty and I like fish!  Apparently, it is popular enough to make this list, though.  It is as popular in Asia as salt is in the Western hemisphere.  Considering the majority of the world’s population is from that area, it does make sense that this is on the list.  It really is as nasty as it sounds, though.  Made from fermented fish, it is the main ingredient in curries and sauces throughout Asia. It can also be added to any meat, soup, or casserole.  It’s made in several different ways, from just fish, salt and water (oftentimes the fish innards), mixed with spices, or anchovies.  I don’t think this will be on my grocery list anytime soon….yuck!


myfivebest - 5CHUTNEY

It’s extremely popular and I just love saying the word “Chutney!”.  It sounds like the name of the kid that used to get beat up in elementary school all the time.  The condiment comes from India and Pakistan.  Made from mangos, onions, raisins, vinegar and brown sugar, it even sounds delicious.  This popular condiment spread around the world along with the British Empire.  They loved it!  It can be used on any type of meat or vegetable and comes in – literally – hundreds of different varieties.  While it never quite caught on in the United States, it is popular throughout the rest of the known world.