Marmite—What Is It?

You may or not have heard of marmite—but the product is a source of polarizing opinions.  The company that produces marmite even markets it with the slogan “love it or hate it.”  However, one has to wonder what it is that is so controversial about the simple condiment?

The reason is that marmite is not your average everyday condiment.  With its thick texture, and its salty flavor, this brown gooey spread definitely stands out from the crowd.  You will understand when you know more about the condiment.

What is in Marmite?

Marmite is the leftover yeast high protein by-product from the process of beer brewing.  Its main ingredients include yeast extract, salt, and exacts from several spices and vegetables.  Marmite also offers added benefits such as B12, riboflavin, and folic acid.

What does it taste like?

In one word—salty.  Many individuals who use marmite typically do so in small amounts—such as a teaspoon added to various dishes or a somewhat thin layer smeared onto a piece of bread.  However, the flavor has more depth than just the saltiness, with deep notes of umami derived from the yeast and a slight hint of vegetal from the flavorful extracts.

Image: New Food magazine

How is it used?

Typically, marmite is used in combination with either margarine or butter and spread lightly on a piece of bread or toast.  It is also used on cheese sandwiches, with cheesy toasts, or spread on crackers.  Marmite is also a delicious addition to fried rice dishes, as well as meat dishes.

Where to buy it?

You can find marmite in the international sections of most larger grocery or health food stores.  It is also available for purchase online.  Marmite flavored items, other than the spread, are available, including peanut butter, chips, rice cakes, and cashews.