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November 10th, 2010
A Happy Little Vegemite

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things About Vegemite


1. Vegemite is a thick black spread that’s very popular in Australia and New Zealand.

2. Vegemite owes its origins to the Fred Walker Company. In 1922 they hired a chemist to create a product out of Brewers’ yeast.

3. Marmite (an English spread) was already marketed in Australia and very popular so it took a while for the public to embrace the new home-made spread.

4. Vegemite is a rich source of Vitamin B – thiamine, riboflavin and niacin – and folate. It’s good for vegetarians, is virtually fat-free and contains no added sugar.

5. Vegemite is the one thing I miss when I’m traveling, yet I don’t eat it every day when I’m at home. Go figure!

6. Prior to the outbreak of World War II, the British Medical Association gave official product endorsement to vegemite.

7. During the war vegemite was strictly rationed. The Armed Forces purchased vegemite for the soldiers because of its nutritional value.

8. Over 22 million jars of vegemite are sold every year.

9. Vegemite is very useful as a booster to stews – it adds lots of flavor.

10. My mother taught me to fix an anemic gravy with a teaspoon of vegemite. It adds color and flavor and is a lifesaver!

11. Men at Work sang about a vegemite sandwich in the song Down Under.

12. The secret to vegemite is to spread it thin rather than slather it on thickly. It’s powerful stuff.

13. There are several recipes using vegemite here. Personally, my very favorite way to eat vegemite is on toast and topped with fresh slices of avocado. Yum! It’s a marriage made in heaven.

Source: Vegemite

Have you tried vegemite? If so, what is your favorite way to eat vegemite?

21 comments to “A Happy Little Vegemite”

  1. Ugh. Sorry, but cannot say I’m a fan. I’d much rather have Nutella. I did like the Men at Work song, though. ;-)

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  3. To be honest I’ve never heard of this. Sounds ‘interesting’ lol Happy T13!

  4. I’ve never tried it but I do remember the Men at Work song..

  5. I have not tried it. I have heard about it and wanted to try it but didn’t really know what it was. Thanks for that.

  6. I’ve *heard* of Vegamite, To my American mind it sounds … um… Ewww. lol. But I’ve heard it is highly favored in Australia and New Zealand.

  7. I have never heard of this but… an I Love Lucy show kept running through my head the whole time I was reading it! She was doing a commercial for something called “Vitameta Vegamine” or something like that. Off topic, I know. Sorry.

  8. I once saw a jar of vegemite at a world market grocery store. I wish they were giving samples–just so I could say I tried it.

  9. I love Marmite but have never had a chance to try Vegemite. They sell it up here in Canada so may one day I’ll buy a jar.

  10. Well, I can honestly say I’ve never heard of this stuff. It sounds like something I would enjoy though. :smile: Happy Thursday!

  11. I’ve heard of vegemite, but have never tried it. I’m curious, though (when it comes to me and food, I’ll try almost anything once!)

  12. There is always a jar in the pantry. We only use it on toast occasionally. Other than that, I have put it in a caserole…it adds to the taste. :)

  13. Being married to an Aussie has given me many an opportunity to taste Vegimite.

    Have a great day!

  14. I’ve never had it! Sounds interesting!


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  15. I had a roommate once who was English. He liked to put a big spoon of Marmite into a cup of boiling water. *shudder*

    I did try some Vegemite when I visited Australia but didn’t like it. I think it’s something you have to grow up eating. :)

  16. Never heard of this but would like to try it just to see what it tastes like…

  17. Ah, for those of you who have tried vegemite and hated it, how thickly did you apply the vegemite? The secret is to put a scraping of vegemite on your toast. Too much = not nice!

  18. I’ve always wanted to try this, but it isn’t as easy to find where I am.
    I’d love to try it in gravy. What an awesome idea.

  19. I’ve wanted to try the spread ever since hearing it in the Men At Work song. It sounds yummy with an avocado slice.

  20. Being an American, I found out what vegemite was through Men At Work. :) One of these days, I’ll be in that area of the world and try it at least once!

  21. Interesting! I’ve only heard of vegemite from the Men at Work song so now I know what it is :-)