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Friday, July 13, 2007

Vegimite Sandwhich

Vegimite Sandwich - Introduced by our favorite band down under, I was curious to learn more about the Vegimite Sandwich. So, I searched on Wikipedia. Here's what I found:

Vegemite is a dark brown, salty food paste made from yeast extract, used mainly as a spread on sandwiches and toast , as well as a filling of pastries like Cheesymite scroll, and occasionally in cooking. It is similar to British Marmite and Swiss Cenovis.

Vegemite is made from leftover brewers' yeast extract, a by-product of beer manufacture, and various vegetable and spice additives. The taste may be described as salty, slightly bitter, and malty - somewhat similar to the taste of beef bouillon. The texture is smooth and sticky, much like peanut butter. It is less sweet than its British counterpart Marmite, and has a more natural, less processed flavour.[citation needed]

Vegemite is popular with many Australians and New Zealanders at home and abroad who often comically described it as their "national food." However, it is not liked by all Australians, and it has not been successfully marketed in other countries. Nevertheless, Vegemite is an Australian cultural icon and can be found in various shops around the world, particularly where there are large populations of Australian expatriates.

Vegemite was invented in 1923 by food technologist Dr. Cyril P. Callister when his employer, the Australian company Fred Walker & Co, tasked him with developing a spread from brewer's yeast, following the disruption of supplies of imported yeast spreads after World War I. Vegemite was registered as a trade mark in Australia that same year. The registration was later transferred to Kraft Foods, a U.S. multinational, which has maintained an interest in Vegemite since the 1920s.

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