Top Five Australian Eats
From Anzac to Vegemite, Australia has it all. Read on to discover the top five ways to eat like a local in the land down under.
- Australian Meat Pie – Consisting of minced meat and gravy (sometimes with mushrooms, onion, or cheese) in a hand-sized snack, meat pies are widely known as Australia’s national dish because of their popularity. It’s estimated that the average Australian consumes twelve per year!
- Vegemite – What is Vegemite, exactly? Adored by many, loathed by some; there is no in between with Vegemite. Actually, it’s a paste made from yeast extract meant to be spread on sandwiches, toast, or crackers. It’s also one of the world’s best sources of vitamin B.
- Pavlova – A light, airy dessert named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, this sweet treat contains a crisp, fluffy merengue, freshly whipped cream, and fruit (commonly kiwi or strawberries). A fun fact: the world’s largest pavlova was created in 2005 and measured in at 64 meters long. Its name? Pavkong.
- Lamington – The lamington is a square of sponge cake coated with chocolate icing and covered in dried coconut. They are sometimes served with a layer of whipped cream or jam. It is widely believed that the lamington was named after Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901 (ironically, he himself hated the dessert).
- Anzac Biscuit – Because of the belief that these treats were sent abroad to soldiers by their wives during World War I, the Anzac biscuit has long been tied to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). They are a sweet, coconut-flavored biscuit designed to have a longer shelf life than other traditional cookies containing eggs or milk.