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The Australians are a distinctly different lot; what with celebrating Christmas in the summer and all, they are bound to be. Australia holiday packages are quite popular in India; and a large number of students head to the land down under for higher education. Like most of the world, Australia too was a British colony and a lot of their cuisine was heavily influenced. Today, eating out in Australia boasts its own food culture, heavily dominated by Surf ‘n’ Turf.

Either way, it’s a good idea to get yourself acquainted with some of Australia’s edible delights (maybe not so delightful) that have achieved cult status internationally. Some of them loved across globe, some of them are debatable; but unique and one hundred percent indigenous. We put together a list of the most popular:

1.   Vegemite

Probably the most debatable of all, Vegemite is the stuff that could lead to war. Made from brewer’s yeast, Vegemite is a salty black spread that is most commonly eaten on bread but can also be added to stocks and gravies as a flavouring device. High in natural MSG, vegemite on toast is often the breakfast of choice for many Australians after a big night out. The English Marmite is a similar but sweeter and runnier spread.

2.    Tim Tams

Now, who doesn’t love a good Tim Tam? Two rectangular chocolate biscuits sandwiched together with a chocolate filling and then dipped into melted chocolate, what’s not to love? Tim Tams sound so simple but they taste absolutely divine. It’s no wonder they’re a staple in one out of two Australian households. They are also available in vanilla and strawberry flavors.

3.    Lamingtons

A squarish piece of sponge cake dipped in chocolate icing and rolled in desiccated coconut. There are many variations of Lamingtons; one calls for the cake to be cut in half and then filled with strawberry jam and whipped cream.

Lamingtons are believed to have been named after Charles Cochrane-Baillie, 2nd Baron Lamington, Governor of Queensland, Australia.

4.    ANZAC Biscuits

ANZAC Biscuits are crunchy cookies that usually consist of rolled oats, golden syrup and desiccated coconut. The biscuits were named after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The hardy cookies were made by women during World War I and sent to the ANZACs serving overseas because the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation. Originally referred to as “Anzac tiles” or “Anzac wafers”, they were hard tack, a bread substitute, which had a long shelf life and was very hard.

5.    Haigh’s Chocolates

Haigh’s is Australia’s oldest chocolate manufacturer, having opened its doors in 1915. Haigh’s sell a million jumbo chocolate frogs and freckles a year but it’s their gift boxes containing hand-made chocolate and truffles that chocolate aficionados can’t live without.

Alfred E. Haigh was born in 1877 in Adelaide, South Australia and went to learn about chocolate manufacturing with Lindt & Sprüngli in Switzerland. His first shop, on the “Beehive Corner” of Rundle Mall and King William Street is still in operation.

The typical processing time for an Australian visa is 15 working days. If all your papers are in order, there should be no difficulty for Indian nationals.

As the newest member of the content team, Shivangi Rajendran comes from the world of professional dancing. With a passion for travel and a flair for writing, the Masters in Mass Communication is just an added advantage. A gypsy at heart, she doesn’t believe in planning and is always ready to pack her bags and leave.

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