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TypeYeast extract spread
InventorJustus Liebig Edit this on Wikidata
Inception1902 Edit this on Wikidata
ManufacturerUnilever Edit this on Wikidata
Current supplierUnilever
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Marmite (/ˈmɑːrmaɪt/ MAR-myte) is a British savoury food spread based on yeast extract, invented by the German scientist Justus von Liebig. It is made from by-products of beer brewing (lees). It is produced by the British company Unilever. Marmite is a vegan source of B vitamins, including supplemental vitamin B12. It is usually spread very thinly on buttered toast.

Marmite is a sticky, dark brown paste with a distinctive, salty, powerful flavour and heady aroma. This distinctive taste is represented in the marketing slogan: "Love it or hate it." In British popular culture Marmite is often used as a metaphor for something that is an acquired taste or polarises opinion. [1]Marmite is commonly used as a flavouring, as it is particularly rich in umami due to its very high levels of glutamate (1960 mg/100 g).

Marmite is also a French term for a large, covered earthenware or metal cooking pot, which is shown on the label.[2] A different product of the same name is sold in New Zealand and Australia.

References[change | change source]

  1. Gabbatt, Adam (2016-10-13). "Marmite: Americans wonder what's all the fuss over divisive British spread?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2024-01-28.
  2. "Marmite: Ten things you'll love/hate to know". BBC News. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2024-01-28.