Now owned by the American company Mondelez International, Vegemite was born in 1923 and now a quite elderly 90 years old. Each year, 25 million jars are produced and mostly bought by Australians and New Zealanders. It appears that the rest of the world doesn't like or understand vegemite. Interestedly, the vegemite we eat today is the same recipe made 90 years ago - it has been a winner ever since.
Its not an unhealthy spread - one teaspoon of vegemite contains 50% of the recommended daily allowance of folate (great for women), its the world's richest known source of B group vitamins and it doesn't contain fat.
I grew up with vegemite and here are some of the way I eat it (or have eaten it!):
- On toast for breakfast, even better on crumpets with lots of butter.
- In sandwiches with a slice of cheese (when I was at school).
- Vegemite and cheese pinwheels/scroll - my children really liked these when young (and they are so easy to make)
- It is very good when feeling sick and you can't keep anything in the tummy, some women even eat it on toast when suffering from morning sickness.
- It can be added to stews and casseroles to make the gravy rich (my mother use to do this).
- As a child I would spread vegemite and butter on weetbix and eat it as a snack.
How do you eat your vegemite?