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  • Writer's pictureRayki Goh, MSc

The Australian's Quintessential Treats of Oz

Explore five iconic Aussie treats, from Vegemite to Anzac Biscuits found in Australia. How do these unique delicacies reflect Australia's diverse food culture?

Vegemite Toast

Dear Food People,


Let's explore Australia's delicious delicacies, where every taste reveals rich culture and creativity. Australia's cuisine is a feast for the senses, from nibbles to desserts.


We start with Vegemite. This savoury spread has a unique history that dates back to the 1920s, when a smart scientist discovered a technique to recycle yeast extract leftover from beer manufacture. Vegemite is a mainstay in Aussie families, eaten on toast and in soups and stews. For individuals with dietary limitations, there is also a gluten-free variant available.


Next comes fairy bread, a quirky delicacy that's enjoyable to create and consume. This simple pleasure, originally served at children's gatherings, consists of buttered bread topped with rainbow sprinkles. Kids and adults love it, making any gathering fun. Did you know it includes wheat, a frequent allergen?


Who hasn't heard of Tim Tams? These creamy-filled chocolate cookies are an Aussie classic. Since the 1960s, they've been a national treasure. Get creative with the "Tim Tam Slam," using the biscuit as a straw for your hot drink—it's a game-changer! Tim Tams also include wheat, milk, and soy, three frequent allergies.


For something a little more decadent, we offer Lamingtons. These sponge cake squares with chocolate frosting and coconut are a delectable dessert with a history reaching back to Queensland in the early twentieth century. Lamingtons, simple or with jam or cream fillings, gratify any sweet craving. Remember, they include wheat, eggs, and milk—three frequent allergies.


Last but not least, Anzac Biscuits were a wartime necessity. These oat-based cookies, made by the loving hands of Australian mothers and spouses during World War I, provided troops stationed overseas with a taste of home. Today, they serve as a sign of memory on Anzac Day, commemorating the courage of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.


So, there you have it – 5 uniquely Australian treats that showcase the country's culinary prowess and heritage. But the journey doesn't end here. Have a suggestion for another Aussie delight we should explore? Shoot us a message over at dearfoodpeople.com– we'd love to hear from you!

 

Further Reading:

  1. CNN Travel, December 2017, Australian Food: 40 Dishes Locals Call Their Own. Available at: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/australian-food/index.html

  2. The Travel, July 2019, Specialty Foods Only Found in Australia. Available at: https://www.thetravel.com/specialty-foods-only-australia/

  3. Spoon University, October 2017, 20 Australian Foods to Try Before You Die. Available at: https://spoonuniversity.com/place/20-australian-foods-to-try

  4. PSS Removals, September 2022, Popular Australian Foods. Available at: https://blog.pssremovals.com/popular-australian-foods

  5. Angloinfo, n.d., Food and Drink in Australia: Food History. Available at: https://www.angloinfo.com/how-to/australia/lifestyle/food-drink/food-history

  6. Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia, n.d., Food Labelling. Available at: https://allergyfacts.org.au/allergy-management/food-industry/food-labelling

  7. Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, 2021, Food Allergy FAQs. Available at: https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/food-allergy/faqs

  8. Food Standards Australia New Zealand, n.d., Food Allergies and Intolerances. Available at: https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/foodallergies/allergies/Pages/default.aspx

  9. NSW Food Authority, n.d., Food Allergy and Intolerance. Available at: https://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/consumer/life-events-and-food/allergy-and-intolerance

  10. Department of Health - Government of Western Australia, February 2021, Food Allergen Declarations. Available at: https://www.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/F_I/Food-allergen-declarations


 

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