Well, I did it. I tried (the dreaded) Vegemite.
Vegemite is a paste made from brewers’ yeast extract, mixed with other flavors, of course. It was first invented in 1922 in Melbourne, VIC. Some of the old, jingle-y commercials for Vegemite are pretty entertaining. If you so choose, here’s “Happy Little Vegemite”— the original.
I ate my Vegemite the way you’re supposed to: on toasted bread with lots of butter and then a thin layer of Vegemite to top it all off. To suggest how thin for one piece of bread, the serving size is 5 g.
And the verdict?? Not that bad. It’s very savory; it tastes sort of like soy sauce, Better Than Bullion, and malt vinegar. It is strong in umami flavor, the fifth taste, and very, very salty. I personally love salt and soy sauce, so the flavor isn’t that unlike other flavors I like. There is something, maybe an aftertaste, that is something I’m not as familiar with, but in small amounts, I could get accustomed to it.