The Truth about Vegemite

June 4, 2015

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Photo courtesy of Jessica Palmer

A distinct, savory spread that you’ll either love or hate.

The infamous Vegemite originated in the land down under and has been around since the early 1900s. This savory spread is packed with B vitamins and was originally popular in the armed forces.

The spread has also been prescribed by doctors as a vitamin B supplement. One serving provides 25-50% recommended daily intake of folate, vitamin B1, B2, and B3 (also known as thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin). B vitamins are water soluble and important components in metabolic processes to create energy for the entire body.

Many Aussies don’t eat this item for health benefits, but more often for its flavor.

The flavor of Vegemite is very distinct, which people tend to love or hate. It is made by a yeast extract making it very unique. I’ve learned that the best way to eat it is by adding a little bit to toast with butter; you don’t want to spread it on like jam or peanut butter because the flavor is too strong. It can also be used to flavor stocks and soups because it is very salty.

This classic Australian ingredient can be found in just about every household and supermarket, and something you have to try if you can get your hands on it!

(Jessicca wrote this blog post while studying abroad in Australia.)

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