Putin and Obama have argued about it, as have The Pope and Elton John, and The Queen and Prince Philip. It's the question on everyone's lips.
Which is better; Marmite or Vegemite?
As someone who lives in a country where there are no fixed allegiances, I think I can give an honest and independent assessment.
Of course it's MARMITE. Vegemite doesn't even come a close second; but don't mention that to an Aussie.
Even so, I do rather like Vegemite, and have recently received the above tube as a present..
Seems as your grey matter is on vacation!ReplyDelete
I have no grey matter.Delete
What is that stuff, anyway?ReplyDelete
Marmite is a very salty, dark brown, yeast extract, that we Brits spread on buttered toast for breakfast. Vegemite is a poor quality Australian imitation that tastes of earth.Delete
It is also a brilliant brain-wave someone had about what to do with all the sludge left over from the beer-brewing industry - sell it!Delete
I have tasted Marmite and I like it, but I believe you cannot spread it on as it were jam - I did that!ReplyDelete
Greetings Maria x
The more the merrier. I love Marmite.Delete
A friend is bringing one back for me; apparently (says she) stimulates appetite and helps take away nausea...?Delete
It also cures cancer, mends broken bones, and can solve the problem of world conflict. It's an all round 'good egg'.Delete
I too like Marmite but, if I could only have one, I would choose Bovril..... I don't recall having ever tasted Vegemite !!! XXXXReplyDelete
I went off Bovril years ago, and I can't even remember why!Delete
Two completely different experiences really, aren't they ? I love both, greedy little piggy that I am !!!! XXXXDelete
I have never eaten Marmite.ReplyDelete
Well, now's the time. Go forth, throw caution to the winds, and buy a jar.Delete
We had Bovril.Delete
Bovril is beefy and is not really a spread for cuecumber sandwiches or to just scrape on buttered toast. The 500gm jar just about lasts a year for us.Delete
I always had it as a hot drink when I was ill as a child.Delete
I preferred bread and dripping.Delete
Bread, dripping, AND Marmite. Even better.Delete
Marmite. Vegemite can be a little bit grainy for meReplyDelete
It's the earthy taste that makes it slightly inferior for me. I hadn't noticed graininess.Delete
Marmite comes a poor second to vegemite. Boiled eggs and vegemite on toast. Tomato and lettuce on toast with Vegemite. I could go on.ReplyDelete
Good. That's the first vote for Vegemite! I WAS hoping to start a fight.Delete
Vegemite! Marmite's a bit too strong for me, although I do like it too. Not seen it in tubes yet here though.ReplyDelete
The one above is a plastic 'squeezy' pot. I prefer it this way as no-one can leave bits of butter or toast crumbs in it.Delete
Well as someone who has lived in Marmite and Vegemite territory I can say with absolute conviction and bias that there is only one that is really edible although Vegemite can be used for filling cracks in walls and so on.ReplyDelete
I had some on toast for my breakfast this morning. It wasn't really a pleasant experience.Delete
I wonder if Ozzies are also divided as a nation into those that like Vegemite and those that don't?ReplyDelete
I imagine Marmite is prohibited in Oz, so they probably have no choice.Delete
No division amongst true Aussies, Vegemite always wins.Delete
We're happy little vegemitesDelete
as bright as bright can be
We all enjoy our vegemite
for breakfast lunch and tea
Our mothers says we're growing stronger every single week
Because we love our vegemite
We all enjoy our vegemite
It puts a rose in every cheek
Whistles and claps!!!!!
Oh dear.... do they have a song about Marmite too?Delete
Any more smart comments and I will sing the Aeroplane Jelly song:)Delete
I love Marmite spread on toasted soldiers and dipped into soft boiled egg. Now that statement should get some of your international followers wondering what the bloomin eck I'm talking about.ReplyDelete
That is one of the greatest ever uses of Marmite.Delete
I do wonder what the bloomin eck you're talking about! This whole discussion is a mystery to me!Delete
And may it remain so!Delete
We lived in Australia for a couple of years and as a good "mum" I volunteered to work in the school cafeteria to help prepare lunches. They asked me to make Vegemite sandwiches. I never tasted the stuff and I would have killed a lot of students if someone hadn't seen me slathering it on like we would peanut butter in the States! The other Aussie mums decided I would be safer chopping lettuce. Good times!ReplyDelete
To be eaten with caution; very thinly spread.Delete
Haven't tried Vegemite, so can't give an informed opinion. Like many British children of my era (immediate post war) I was brought up on it, and still enjoy the occasional toast with Marmite, though I use it more for flavouring stews these days.ReplyDelete
I think it was also a substitute for butter when it was severely rationed. At least we didn't notice at the time that there was no butter on the toast - just the Marmite !
We had dripping. Much nicer than butter any day.Delete
Vegemite also goes beautifully with avocado on top !ReplyDelete
Ah Helsie; I was waiting for your comment!Delete
Marmite on toast, simply the best!ReplyDelete
Marmite, blue cheese, n tiny slivers of olives on oat cakes yummmmmmReplyDelete
The computations are endless. Tom Stephenson once fed me on Nasturtium leaves thinly spread with Marmite, then rolled into tiny tubes.Delete
Not a delicacy I have tried 😀Delete
Oh yes, Marmite soldiers to dip into a soft boiled egg. I can't really tell the difference between Marmite and Vegemite, you don't see Vegemite on sale much here.ReplyDelete
Soldiers = Toast????Delete
Yes, that's a real English traditional nursery tea ! Bread toasted over an open fire, then cut into four or five strips, buttered, and then Marmite spread on topDelete
The strips were known as "soldiers" but I've no idea why - perhaps Cro knows?Delete
No, no idea. I imagine it was to make them sound more interesting.Delete
I haven't tried either one. They aren't popular here at all. It doesn't sound particularly appetizing to me, unfortunately. -JennReplyDelete
They do say you either love it, or hate it. I am the former (with Marmite).Delete
I looked it up on Chowhound since I never tasted either. I think it is an acquired taste, and by it's description, I am sure I would rather jam.ReplyDelete
I think one needs to be English.Delete
It must be an acquired taste or raised on it. I tried marmite in London and wanted to wretch. It was horrible. Think I'd just as soon eat the rotten shark fin delicacy in Iceland than that. Poop on a stick. Sorry Cro.ReplyDelete
I imagine it must have come as a shock; I've been eating it since birth.Delete
Vegemite is known to me by name, not by taste. I think I will stick with my on and off relationship with Marmite. A little jar lasts me quite a long time.ReplyDelete
My neighborhood grocery store, the Fairway, stocks it in the same area as English mustard. Maybe it's time for me to start a special shopping list.
If Marmite lasts so long in your cupboard, I wouldn't bother trying Vegemite.Delete
Thinly spread Marmite on toast...mmm heaven.ReplyDelete
No thank you to all of the above, I'm not a big fan of huge amounts of salt.ReplyDelete
And I don't eat sugar.Delete
It's been fascinating reading the comments. I discovered that Marmite has been mentioned in 25 posts on my two blogs either by me or as a comment.ReplyDelete
Marmite produced in New Zealand by Samitarium and sold in Australia and the Pacific regions is an entirely different product from that produced in the UK and sold in the rest of the world (and in New Zealand as My Mate). In the antipodes there is another substance (I use the word advisedly) called Vegemite. which was first produced in Australia in 1922 and is revered as the very essence of being Australian.
Marmite comes, as you doubtless know but some of your readers may not, from the 'marmite' which is a French cooking pot after which the original earthenware Marmite jar was modelled.
I was once given a jar of Marmite by someone from Oz, and I could only think that it was made in some Chinese fakers back room; it was ghastly.Delete
I haven't had Bovril since..... I can't even remember.Delete
Well it won't taste quite the same...Delete
they've been reducing the beefstock levels... the latest is down to 41%!!
The've even tried to foist on the public a vegetarian Bovril...I mistakenly picked up a pot...
it made a fair Marmite substitute!!
BUT it weren't Bovril... and it weren't real Marmite either...
now to have some crispbread with Marmite on... this has given me the munchies!!
After a hard day in the office (not really) we would return to the Mess for tea with toast and Marmite followed by The Magic Roundabout. That's how the RAF was 50 yrs ago.ReplyDelete
It possibly still is today, although now it would be the Teletubbies.Delete
As always (time difference, ya know) I'm late to this debate. I haven't read the comments (yet) but I have to say that I just LOVE vegemite and couldn't imagine life without it. But then again I am an Aussie,though of European stock.ReplyDelete
To their credit, and though it was very foreign to them, my parents saw the value of this cheap but vitamin-packed spread and it was a staple in our home.
I've never met an Aussie who has a good word to say about Marmite.Delete
Twiglets! Do they even sell them when it isnt Christmas? Yum.ReplyDelete
Now there's a good question.Delete
As an American, I feel I shouldn't have an opinion. However, I admit I am partial to Marmite. A thin layer of Marmite on buttered toast hits the spot!ReplyDelete
My standard breakfast!Delete