Marmite (pronounced /ˈmɑrmaɪt/) is the name given to two similar food spreads: a British version (original and first) produced in the United Kingdom and later South Africa, and a version produced in New Zealand. Marmite is made from yeast extract, a by-product of beer brewing, and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
The British version of the product is a sticky, dark brown paste with a distinctive, powerful flavour, which is extremely salty and savoury with umami qualities, somewhat comparable to soy sauce. This distinctive taste is reflected in the British company's marketing slogan: "Love it or hate it." It is similar to the Australian Vegemite and Swiss Cenovis.
The distinctive product was originally British (1902), but a version with a different flavour has been manufactured in New Zealand since 1919, and this is the dominant version in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.
Cooking vessel Edit
In France, the term applies to a tall, covered, straight-sided cooking pot, used for long-cooking stews and dishes such as cassoulet and Pot-Au-Feu. It's usually made of Earthenware. "Petites marmites" are identically shaped miniature covered pots used as soup bowls.