7 unknown facts about Australian cuisine

If there’s anything I love about Australian food, it’s that they’re beyond foods like meat pies and fish and chips. They’re so multiracial that what they have is just a general food culture. This was something that stood out to me during my last trip and I’m compelled to share my observations with you today.

1. Australian cuisine does not exist

Australian food consists of British foods, foods from Mediterranean Europe, Middle Eastern foods and Indigenous foods to name a few. Australians eat different foods for each meals like meat pies or roast lambs.

2. Australians love vegemite

Vegemite is made from yeast extract used to brew beer. It was invented by Cyril Percy Callister in 1919 who is a chemist from Melbourne due to disrupted Marmite imports from Britain after World War One. Vegemite is thick, black and beefy looking and it is best spread with buttery toast for consumption.

3. Australians consume their national animals

Kangaroo and emu, two of Australia’s national animals are eaten by Australians to help control Australia’s population which is destroying the country’s natural ecosystem. There are even places in Australia where both these animals’ meats’ are served.

4. Australians do not throw shrimp on the barbie

Australians do not use the word shrimp. The word used is prawn instead so Australians cannot take it every time they hear the phrase by Paul Hogan in the 1984 well-known tourism ad which is “Throw another shrimp on the barbie”.

5. Australia is one of the biggest producers of wine in the world

Although Australia is stereotyped as a beer drinking nation, this country is the fifth largest exporter of Vino on the planet as more than 750 million litres is shipped every year which gives the economy almost $6 billion every year while 500 million litres of wine is sold at home every year. Wine growing regions in Australian are in places like Adelaide and Margaret River.

6. The flat white is invented by Australia

Due to Greek and Italian immigrants in the early 20th century, the flat white milky coffee got invented and got served at Sydney’s Moors Espresso Bar in 1985. It is now served all over the world. Coffee beans are popular in places like Surry Hills and Marrickville.

7. Australia and New Zealand are at war over dessert

Pavlova, a dessert named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova after touring Australia and New Zealand in 1926 is having a conflict over its real ownership. This soft, fruit-filled meringue desert loved by everyone has its roots in Auckland all the way back to 1911 but Australians claim that a the version we know today is created by a Perth hotel.