Sunday, February 11, 2007

#284 Marmite and Vegemite

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Sunday Kitchen #36 Marmite and Vegemite

The other day, for some reason, my boyfriend bought a jar of vegemite from the shop around the corner called M Pocket.
I don’t like vegemite.
I’m a marmite girl.

Marmite and Vegemite are similar products. They’re both savoury spreads made from yeast extract.

Marmite debuted in England in 1902. The name comes from the French word for a kind of pot.

Wikipedia says Marmite is now widespread in countries such as the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

But the Marmite in New Zealand and Australia is different than British Marmite.

In 1910 the Sanitarium Health Food Company started importing Marmite from Britain.
In the 1930s they started experimenting with blends that led to today's independent product.

And according to Sanitarium’s website:
Since the 1970s, Sanitarium’s Christchurch factory has manufactured all the Marmite sold in the South Pacific.

Vegemite is made by an American company called Kraft.
It was invented in Australia in 1923. In 1928 the name was changed to
Parwill to allow the advertising slogan Marmite but Parwill.
Hahaha ... not.
The name changed back in 1935.

In Australia, Vegemite now outsells Marmite and other similar products.
I’m not sure about New Zealand though.
I think it’s fairly equal in New Zealand.
I think most people in New Zealand either like Marmite or Vegemite.
Some people like both. And some people like neither.

The next time you meet someone from New Zealand, ask them this question:
Do you like Marmite or Vegemite?

Anyway ... back to this jar of vegemite.
Marmite and vegemite are usually eaten on toast or bread.
I decided to eat some of this vegemite.
It wasn’t too bad actually.
I still like Marmite better though.