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Hertha Heuwer Plaque: A tribute to the creator of Currywurst

The plaque commemorating Hertha Heuwer, the creator of Currywurst, in Berlin

Why you may ask am I posting a photo of an Asian Supermarket on a blog about Berlin?  If you look a little closer you may see the reason.  When I found out there was a plaque honouring the inventor of the Currywurst, Hertha Heuwer (from a SugarHigh newsletter), with my love of the humble Berlin snack, it was only a matter of time before I went on a pilgrimage.

Tucked away on the side of a supermarket on the corner of Kaiser-Friedrich-Strasse and Kantstrasse, the plaque is not likely to be seen by the casual observer.

A close up of the plaque commemorating Hertha Heuwer, the creator of Currywurst, in Berlin

When I was trying to find out more about the origins of the Currywurst for my Konnopke’s Imbiss post I found the following excerpt on Wikipedia (you can read the full article here).

The invention of currywurst is attributed to Herta Heuwer in Berlin in 1949 after she obtained ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and curry powder from British soldiers.  She mixed these ingredients with other spices and poured it over grilled pork sausage. Heuwer started selling the cheap but filling snack at a street stand in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin where it became popular with construction workers rebuilding the devastated city.  She patented her sauce, called Chillup, in 1951.  At its height the stand was selling 10,000 servings per week.

If you do check out the plaque you could get yourself another Berlin snack staple, a Doner Kebap (or Doner Kebab), from Efes Bistro, which is just a couple of hundred metres away.