Vegemite is a dark brown (not s*** like some people rudely say) savoury food paste made from yeast extract, used mainly as a spread on sandwiches, toast and cracker biscuits, as well as a filling of pastries like Cheesymite Scroll (yum-oh), in Australia and NZ. It is similar to British and Marmite (YUCK!) in texture and appearance but not flavour and to Swiss Cenovis.
Vegemite is popular with many Australians, who commonly consider it a national food and a cultural icon. It can be found in shops around the world, particularly where there are large populations of Aussie expats. Vegemite has not been successfully marketed in other countries, apart from New Zealand, and has failed to catch on in the United States, despite being owned by US food company Kraft. New YorkOctober 24, 2006 - 11:55AM
Reports that US customs agents are searching Australians and New Zealanders for Vegemite has created consternation among antipodean expatriates in America ..... The US Food and Drug Administration has long prohibited imports of Vegemite ..... "Vegemite made me the man I am today," said Brad Blanks, a reporter with a New York breakfast radio show. "In Australia the slogan is that Vegemite puts a rose in every cheek; but today America has slapped the cheek of every Australian."
LONG LIVE AUSTRALIA! LONG LIVE VEGEMITE!
(they don't know what they are missing out on!)
ps. you can keep your head cheese and rocky mountain oysters!