• Bay Leaves

The finest quality dried Bay Leaves

The bay leaf originated in Asia Minor and spread to the Mediterranean and other countries with suitable climates. Bay leaf is not grown in Northern regions as the plants do not thrive in cold climates.

Turkey is one of the main exporters of bay leaves although they are also grown in areas of France, Belgium, Central and North America, Italy, Russia and India.

The laurel tree that the bay leaf comes from was very important both symbolically and literally in both Greece and Rome. The laurel can be found as a central component found in many ancient mythologies that glorify the tree as a symbol of honour.

This association continues today. Bay leaves are one of the most widely used culinary herbs in Europe and North America. The bay laurel tree has been cultivated since the beginning of recorded history.

Culinary Use
If eaten whole bay leaves are pungent and have a sharp bitter taste.

As with many spices and flavourings the fragrance of the bay leaf is more noticeable in cooked foods than the taste.

When dried the fragrance is herbal, slightly floral and somewhat similar to oregano and thyme.

Fresh or dried bay leaves are used in cooking for their distinctive flavor and fragrance in Mexican food one example is Red Snapper Veracruz Ana.

The leaves are often used to flavour soups, stews, braises and pâtés in Mediterranean Cuisine.

The fresh leaves are very mild and do not develop their full flavor until several weeks after picking and drying.


Bay Leaves

  • Product Code: H4
  • Availability: In Stock
  • $4.00