Spices, bay leaf

Fun Facts

  1. Bay leaves are used to give a distinctive flavor to soups, stews, marinades and pickling solutions. Add them at the beginning of cooking and remove before serving.
  2. Fresh bay leaves have a mild flavor and dried leaves have a fully developed peppery flavor with floral undertones.
  3. Dried bay leaves should have an olive green color and fresh bay leaves should be dark green on top and lighter underneath.
  4. Store dried bay leaves in an airtight container out of direct sunlight with your herbs and spices.
  5. Bay leaves are one of the ingredients in a ” Bouquet garni ” and they go well with chicken , pork , beef and seafood.
  6. Also known as Sweet Bay and Sweet Laurel, the bay is an evergreen shrub grown successfully in the Mediterranean climates.
  7. In the ancient times bay leaves were believed to alleviate bee and wasp stings and the Romans considered them to be a symbol of glory.

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