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These food icons have been part of a great debate in New Zealand for many years - the question? Which is better, Marmite or Vegemite? For the traditionalist, Marmite is the kiwi icon with Vegemite its nasty Aussie cousin who has insinuated itself into the land of the long white cloud.

Marmite has its origins in the UK although the product from over there doesn't taste anything like the Kiwi version (you can buy the Kiwi version in the UK branded as Vita-Mite). Vegemite was first made in Australia in the 1920's and found its way into NZ not long after that.

An old myth is that Vegemite comes from vegetables and Marmite from meat - incorrect on both counts. Both products are made from yeast extract and a few other bits & pieces (salt, sugar, colour....). I must admit that I prefer Marmite (I have a tub at work - ready for any occasion) though I guess it's all about what you were brough up on.

Don't feel that you have to try it while you are in NZ - feedback from friends from the USA was that it is repulsive...... mind you, those two eat Grits for breakfast!

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  • Written May 14, 2008
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