- Tastes delicious spread thinly on toast
- Try it on crispbread with cottage cheese
- Good source of B Vitamins
- 100% vegetarian
- Product of the United Kingdom
Marmite was conceived in 1902 and the Marmite Food Company opened a small factory in Burton-on-Trent where it still resides today. It took a couple of years to perfect the recipe and for the British public to warm to the spread’s distinctive taste. Before Louis Pasteur realized that the cells in yeast were in fact living plants, people simply discarded this by-product of the brewing process. German scientist Liebig then went on to make yeast into a concentrated food product – one that resembled meat extract but was in fact vegetarian.
Following the discovery of vitamins in 1912, yeast was found to be a great source of five important ‘B’ vitamins. As a result Marmite was included in soldiers’ ration packs during World War I. It became a dietary supplement in prisoner-of-war camps in World War II and was sent to British peacekeeping forces in Kosovo to boost morale in 1999. Today Marmite is a nutritious, black, tasty, savory spread enjoyable on toast or bread or even as a cooking ingredient. It is made from spent brewer’s yeast and comes in a distinctive black jar with a yellow lid.