The quintessential Australian ingredient is vegemite. It is a yeast based paste, similar to marmite. It is accidentally vegan and a good source of several B vitamins. Vegemite can be an acquired taste. “Acquired taste” is usually code for something which is vile the first time you try it, but that you may come to love. Many people certainly find vegemite disgusting on first taste, but it also has a devoted following, especially among Australians, who frequently start eating it as babies.
What does vegemite taste like? It is very salty, with an umami savouriness offset by some bitterness. It is less sweet than marmite, promite and similar yeast spread products.
How do people eat it? It is commonly used as a sandwich filling, but may also be used in stocks, gravies and soups to impart a dark colour and savoury flavour.
What is the secret to not finding it vile? Use vegemite sparingly. Seriously. You only want a tiny bit. If you put it thickly on bread, you will be sorry. Do not spread it like jam. Treat it like a strong condiment.
The best and most common way to eat vegemite is on toast. Spread toast with margarine, to taste. Spread very thinly with approximately ½ teaspoon of vegemite. You can see mine above. You should be able to see the bread and margarine through the vegemite.
Another great way to have vegemite on toast is also shown above. Spread toast with vegemite. I don’t bother with margarine. Top with avocado. I love this one!
Other common options for vegemite are on toast with tomato or vegan cheese, on crackers with margarine, on bread with margarine or in broth. Remember to only use a little and you will come to love it.