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I was first introduced to the taste of Marmite when I was living in England. No, I didn’t eat Marmite from the jar (can’t imagine doing that!). snacked on Twiglets which are coated with a savory yeast extract that tastes like Marmite. Twiglets are so named because they look like twigs.
Twiglets are somewhat of an acquired taste, but once you acquire a taste they are highly addictive and moreish!
What is Vegemite?
Vegemite is an Australian creation. It is one of the 1,000 foods to eat listed in the book 1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die, by Mimi Sheraton. Cyril Callister invented this strongly flavored spread in Australia in 1922, and it is made from leftover brewer’s yeast extract, flavor enhancers, and other various spices.
Due to the brewer’s yeast, Vegemite is a rich source of B Vitamins. The yeast also gives it a very pungent aroma. You must take the time to deeply inhale the scent of the Vegemite…this is an important part of experiencing this food. 🙂
How Do Australians Enjoy Vegemite?
Australians like to spread Vegemite onto lightly buttered toast, or perhaps as part of a sandwich. Those of a certain age may remember a song called “Down Under,” by the Australian group Men at Work. The first time I had ever heard of Vegemite was a reference to the Vegemite sandwich in this song.
But it is not just toast and sandwiches! Have a look at the official Australian Vegemite site. They have quite a few recipes on there. Vegemite popcorn or Vegemite pancakes anyone? 🙂
What is Marmite?
Marmite is British and is manufactured by the Unilever company. It is also made of yeast extract, as is Vegemite.
On the front of the jar there is a picture of a pot labeled “Marmite.” This is a French marmite, which is a traditional crockery pot found in France known for its pot belly shape. Apparently Marmite was originally packaged in earthenware pots, but it is now sold in glass jars.
How Do The British Enjoy Marmite?
The back of the jar says: “Delicious when spread thinly on toast or for a treat try Marmite on a crispbread with cottage cheese.”
At this point I’d like to make a comment that the key word here is “thinly” (also for Vegemite!). The Marmite is so pungent and strong that a thick layer of it would certainly be overkill!
You must do yourself a favor and also hop over to the British Marmite website. I just discovered that they now have Marmite Peanut Butter (it says “Love It Or Hate It),” as well as a limited edition Brexit Marmite jar…get yours before its gone. 🙂
As far as recipes, the Marmite site has a few interesting ones that the very brave might want to try. Marmite Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie, and Marmite and Cheese Whirls anyone?
My British husband decided to make Homemade Twiglets, using a recipe from a British site called “Cook It With Kids.” He made two batches, one using Vegemite, and one using Marmite. In all honesty they taste pretty similar to me, however it seems many think that the British Marmite is sweeter than the Vegemite.
Love Them Or Hate Them, You’ve Got To Try Them!
So why try Vegemite and Marmite? They should be tried because they are two iconic flavors which will give you a memorable foodie experience! That’s what it’s all about to those with an adventurous palate.
Try these iconic tastes of Australia and England soon! You’ll be proud that you did!! Vegemite is food #11 on my list of 1,000 foods to eat based on the book 1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die, by Mimi Sheraton.
Have you tried Vegemite or Marmite? If so please share your comments on these two foods below!!