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Alan Brown writes on: Cultural variations in Marmite
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kennelmeister)
Subject: Re: Cultural variations in Marmite?
email@example.com (Andrew McRae) writes:
(The main differences between Marmite and Vegemite are that the latter is
Australian and tastes awful.)
Careful - you're treading on almost religious issues here.
There are 3 types of yeast extract in NZ/Australia -
vegemite, marmite and promite
They're basically all the same, BUT.
Speaking as somone brought up on vegemite, I find the difference
between vege/marmite is that marmite has a more pronounced caramel
taste. (That's what the colouring is, BTW)
Vegemite eaters will eat marmite at a pinch, but marmite eaters
tend not to be able to stomach vegemite. Promite is a relatively
recent introduction to me, and I've never met anyone who's eaten it
as a kid. It leads to a wierd situation where we have 2 large jars
of vegemite/marmite in the house, plus a small one of promite
for occasional use.
One last thing. Due to a couple of recessive genes I can't taste
bitter, so my perception may be skewed a bit. (Bitrex? What's that?)
(Favourite drink - bitters and tonic. LOTS of bitters...:-)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Kennelmeister) writes:
Following up on my own posts....
Other countries' versions may vary....
- Vegemite: (Kraft General Foods NZ Ltd)
Yeast extract, salt, malt extract, colour(caramel),
vegetable flavours, vitamins (niacin, thiamine, riboflavin)
- Marmite: (Sanatarium Health Food Company, NZ)
- Yeast, sugar, salt, wheatgerm extract, mineral salt (508)
colour(caramel), herbs, spices, vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin)
It's also got a small note under the ingredients: "100% vegetarian"
(but then, what do you expect from a company owned by
the 7th Day Adventist church?)
- Promite: (Masterfoods of Australia)
- Vegetable protein extract, sugar, yeast, natural colour(caramel)
salt, thickener (Wheat starch), emulsifier (Glycerol monostearate)
spices, added vitamins, water
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