Oh my, vegemite!
I was visiting a very good and dear friend in Freo last year. Sitting on the table was a small jar of vegemite. I decided I needed to expand my horizons and at least dab a finger in and taste the aromatic goo. My "chum" (that would be "friend" in the U.S. but as I learned, in Oz that's "dogfood") ... anyway, my "chum" just sat there and grinned at me. I should have known that something wasn't quite right. She's originally from the U.S., but has been a permanent fixture in WA for about 25 years now. Anyway, as I was saying, I dipped my finger into the jar, and stuck it in my mouth ... not a bad, nutty, slightly cocoa/bitter-chocolate kind of flavor ... but for a moment only. Oh my my ... the aftertaste just about ruined the rest of the day. It even wrapped itself up, into, and around my smelling unit! I tried everything to make it go away ... soda, tea, water, beer ... lots of beer ... (beer is really good in Oz!) ... and then some more beer ... but all to no avail. That taste just sat there, clinging to my tastebuds, waiting for eternity to pass. Which of course, it did, in due time ... like the next day. Vegemite may be a healthful, tasty (to the Aussies) treat ... but as they say, it is truly an acquired taste. But hey, at least I gave it a fair go!