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A very short history of Marmite (or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the black death)

What the heck is Marmite?

“…a sticky, dark brown food paste with a distinctive, powerful flavour, which is extremely salty.” (It’s a bit like putting soya sauce on bread.)

What Should I do with it?

Marmite is traditionally eaten as a savoury spread on bread, toast, savoury biscuits or crackers, and other similar baked products. Owing to its concentrated taste it is often spread thinly with butter or margarine.”

YUCK - I DON’T WANT TO PUT THIS ON TOAST! What else is it good for?

In the 1930’s, Marmite was used by the English scientist Lucy Wills to successfully treat a form of anaemia in mill workers in Bombay. She later identified folic acid as the active ingredient.[10] Marmite was used to treat malnutrition in Suriya-Mal workers during the 1934–5 malaria epidemic in Sri Lanka.[11] Housewives were encouraged to spread Marmite thinly and to "use it sparingly just now" because of limited rations of the product.

Marmite can also be made into a savoury hot drink by adding one teaspoon to a mug of hot water much like Oxo and Bovril.

Marmite is paired with cheese, such as in a cheese sandwich, and has been used as an additional flavouring in Mini Cheddars, a cheese-flavoured biscuit snack. Similarly, it is one of Walkers Crisps flavours; is sold as a flavouring on rice cakes; and Marmite Biscuits. Starbucks in the UK has a cheese and Marmite panini on its menu.


Other similar products include the Australian Vegemite (which is thicker in texture and less tangy), the Swiss Cenovis and the German Vitam-R.

In New Zealand, Sanitarium, the NZ Marmite company, recommends spreading it on bread with potato crisps added to make a "Marmite and Chippie" sandwich.[16] In Singapore and Malaysia, Marmite is popularly added to plain rice congee to give it a strong, salty flavour. In Malaysia, Marmite has been used for cooking with chicken, prawns or crab.

Marmite has been used as an ingredient in cocktails, including the Marmite Cocktail and the Marmite Gold Rush


A "marmite" (French: [maʁmit]), a French term for a large, covered earthenware or metal cooking pot.[3] British Marmite was originally supplied in earthenware pots, but since the 1920s has been sold in glass jars shaped like the French cooking pot.

The product that was to become Marmite was invented in the late 19th century when German scientist Justus von Liebig discovered that brewer's yeast could be concentrated, bottled and eaten.[4][5] In 1902 the Marmite Food Extract Company was formed in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England with Marmite as its main product and Burton as the site of the first factory.[6] The by-product yeast needed for the paste was supplied by Bass Brewery. By 1907, the product had become successful enough to warrant construction of a second factory at Camberwell Green in London.[7]

(Marmite’s) distinctive taste is reflected in the British company's marketing slogan: "Love it or hate it." The product's name has entered British English as a metaphor for something that is an acquired taste or tends to polarise opinions”

FREE breakfast (including marmite) is available for all guests every morning at the Horse & Stables from 8am - 10am.

(Marmite. Wikipedia. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmite)

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