You either LOVE IT OR YOU HATE IT. Husband dearest loves it, I hate it. What is it?
That horrible gooey brown-black substance that, ok, may well be full of vitamins but still tastes awful. And don't even begin to get me started on the texture - yuk.
Writer Maggie Hall is proud of her first book ....... even though half of all readers will probably hate it. (Yeah, we're getting the picture, Marmite - you either love it or hate it.)
That's because she's penned a dictionary devoted entirely to Marmite - the black goo we all either love or hate. (Here we go again.)
The former Fleet Street journalist, of Whitby, North Yorkshire, uncovered all manner of ridiculous facts about 'the tar in a jar' while writing the book.
Maggie, 68, said "I love Marmite ...... I'm not obsessed with it, although people will think I am now.
"The idea for the book has actually been in my mind for about 12 years, when I saw that one of the very first silver lids for a Marmite jar had sold for £65.
"Then when I started looking into it I learned all sorts. For instance, I had no idea it came from the waste yeast of the brewing industry.
"I've always had a feeling I had to get this book out - it haunted me a little bit that someone else might get there first." (I somehow doubt anyone else out there had such a burning desire to write a book on Marmite of all things but, then, you never know.)
The resulting book , THE MISH-MASH OF MARMITE: AN ANECDOTAL A-Z OF TAR IN A JAR, contains a mix of bizarre (never!!!!), fascinating, zany and amusing gems of information on the yeast treat which was first created in the 1900s."
SOURCE: An edited version of an article by Coreena Ford reporting in the Evening Chronicle.
* The jar is brown because exposure to light destroys some of the vitamin B's that make Marmite a health-giving product.
* Ali Fearon got a BA 2:1 degree in history, from Lancaster University, after writing her dissertation on Marmite.
* Saltburn-born NASA astronaut Dr Nicholas Patrick took Marmite into space as his 'comfort' food.
* A back-packers' lodge in South Africa is collecting empty Marmite jars to build a garden wall.
* Marmite is reputed to have such health-giving properties that it was originally sold in chemists and advertised using images of doctors and nurses.