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Vegemite beats Marmite hands down

Updated on September 11, 2014

Vegemite beats Marmite any day of the week

Vegemite is part of Australian culture, like beer. And rightly so. It's a by-product of the brewery, a mixture of yeast and spice additives, full of essential proteins and minerals, and a rich natural source of Vitamin B.

Australians are raised on Vegemite. Great slabs of bread slathered with rich full-cream butter and a generous layer of Vegemite are the very backbone of childhood and it's not unusual to smudge a bit on a dummy (translation = pacifier). I can assure you this keeps the child quiet for a considerable amount of time.

Whole armies have been fed on Vegemite, it lies behind the very bravery of our legendary Anzacs!

Vegemite is a National Icon

Vegemite is a Hangover Cure

Vegemite is a national icon and a mighty symbol of pride. For some it has deep significance as an ordeal of childhood through which only the fittest will pass. For others it's a patriotic duty.

There must be many a research paper waiting to happen on Vegemite, not the least being its miraculous morning-after properties. If you have never tasted this black paste, wait till you have a hangover. You have a rare treat, and a cure, ahead.

What happened in China?

Australians were stunned by the news that Vegemite was banned from the 2008 Olympic Games in China, and could only conclude that the wily Chinese deliberately set out to stick a spoke in our wheel.

Poor Marie Antoinette

If Marie-Antoinette had suggested the peasants eat vegemite instead of brioche, the French Revolution would never have happened.

What is it with Marmite?

Marmite is lighter brown, runnier in texture and, incredible as it may seem, sweet!

Of course the English, who invented Marmite, claim Vegemite to be bitter-tasting but this only verifies the lack of stamina in British taste buds.

Both Vegemite and Marmite are made from the scrapings at the bottom of the beer fermenting tank and, let's face it, the two spreads emphasise the difference between the Australian and the English beers.

While I have no intention of starting a side argument about British beer, any true beer aficionado will eschew the warm and pallid English Ale in favour of the chilled bite of Australian Bitter.

Which side are you on?

Vegemite beats Marmite

How can you face a day without vegemite?

Good tasting and good for you!


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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I really need to try them both. They might be right up my alley. I like goat cheese, sauerkraut, lots of stinky stuff.

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      4 years ago

      I couldn't answer your polls because I haven't tried Vegemite OR Marmite, although I've heard of them. I'm going to have to give each one of them a try.

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      Christine Larsen 

      4 years ago from South Australia

      I don't want my Vegemite adulterated by any other intruders, other than atop well-buttered toast... and definitely in LARGE dobs.

      Knock it all you like people, I'm still here and thriving as I head towards my 7th decade. Must be doing something right!

      It has been said that Ma might, but Pa will, and now they have offspring called Oz-e-mites. They're a Weird Mob, I say.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @KiwiGayle: Good for you KiwiGayle. Persistence pays off!

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      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @TeacherSerenia: My heart goes out to you. Only Marmite on the shelves! Quelle horreure

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      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @Realreel: I lived in England and loathed the Marmite

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      Rhonda Albom 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Yuck! to both - sorry.

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      7 years ago

      Oh, and Kraft now own our Great British institution too: Cadbury's.

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      7 years ago

      I'm a kiwi and I was raised on Vegemite as well. I would not say that Marmite is sweeter - I say its more bitter. Anyway its a moot point now as I cannot get any Vegemite in Canada at all. There's only Marmite on the shelves and I am not eating Marmite - I hate that taste.

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      7 years ago

      A work colleague brought Vegemite with her from NZ - I didn't like it and she didn't like our Marmite - but then many Brits prefer Bovril...

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      Sherry Venegas 

      8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I may have to go to Amazon to buy this. For some reason it is not in the international food section of our market in SoCal.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      I have tried both vegemite and marmite, and the word sweet never came to mind. Just the word "yuck." Sorry.

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      8 years ago

      Added you to my favorites list. No arguments from me. I've tasted the English Marmite which they swear is different from the downunder version and it still isn't as good as Vegemite but I'll eat if I can't get the other but am now buying it in large tubs which last me 6 months over here on the USA. Each morning with crumpets which took a while to hunt down too.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @Richard-H: When compared to Vegemite, Marmite is runny, sweet and light in colour

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      8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      The debate is somewhat redundant for me, as I dislike Marmite and have never tasted Vegemite. But, I know that true Marmite is neither runny, sweet nor light in colour ;)

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      8 years ago

      OMG, I guess these are acquired tastes? Maybe hubby would like this???

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      8 years ago

      good stuff is our vegemite, there is always a jar in our kitchen cupboard

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      9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I don't care to eat any kind of mites. Except chocolate covered mites. Those are good.

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      oztoo lm 

      9 years ago

      I'm with you Susan - Vegemite rules. Good topic.

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      9 years ago

      Marmite is the one. It's sad though to think that many readers from the USA won't have even tasted the brown nectar!


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      9 years ago

      NZ marmite is crap. They put SUGAR in the damn stuff ! But the good news is that you can obtain the real McCoy English Marmite in the shops under the name :Mymate".It is far superior to NZ marmite,and better than Vegemite

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      Excellent debate! I've never tried either but youve gotten me very curious now to try both!

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      9 years ago

      All I can say to Marmite is YUCK, YUCK, YUCK, YUCK, YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yep, my British tastebuds have never had the stamina to cope with Marmite but we often have a small jar mouldering away at the back of the cupboard as my son has a liking for marmite on toast - shudder!

      I have never tasted vegemite, so do not feel qualified to judge the difference to marmite. But I can judge the quality of this monkeybrain lens and I judge it to be Blessworthy. So, SquidAngel Blessings for you despite reminding me about the bl***y awful taste of marmite - YUCK, YUCK, YUCK, YUCK, YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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