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I’m pretty sure that in every country there’s a food peculiar to just that place. In Australia, it’s Vegemite. Vegemite is a savoury spread that as the example in the picture above shows, we put on toast, crumpets, and savoury biscuits etc.
It has an unusual flavour and if you haven’t grown up with it, it’s not something that you’ll probably like. I know I’ve asked many people that have moved here if they’ve tried Vegemite. More often than not if they have tried it, they don’t like it.
As written in an Illawarra Mercury news article about people new to Australia:
‘They wrapped themselves in Australian flags, plastered their faces in flag tattoos and munched on lamingtons – but one Aussie tradition repeatedly got the snub.
“They’re turning their noses up at the Vegemite, but they want the Tim Tams,” said Ronelle Peardon from her Everything Aussie Festival stall.’
I could get completely sidetracked here and talk about how lovely Tim Tam biscuits are, but I’ll save that for another time. Back to Vegemite.
I don’t eat Vegemite a whole lot so a jar will last a fairly long time in my house, but it’s great to have because sometimes Vegemite on toast is just the thing to get a savoury fix.
Luckily for Australians living overseas many places sell it. I know I was able to get it in London when I lived there (I had to get Tim Tams sent to me though). Similar looking spreads like Marmite are quite different in taste and I’ve never acquired a liking for Marmite.
If you’re a person who hasn’t grown up with Vegemite, do you eat it? If you have tried it, did you like it?
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