Bay Leaves come from the sweet bay or laurel tree, known botanically as Laurus nobllis. The elliptical leaves of both trees are green, glossy, and grow up to 3 inches long. Ancient Greeks and Romans crowned victors with wreaths of laurel. The term "baccalaureate? means laurel berry, and refers to the ancient practice of honouring scholars and poets with garlands from the bay laurel tree. Romans felt the leaves protected them against thunder and the plague. Later, Italians and the English thought Bay Leaves brought good luck and warded off evil. Bay Leaves are grown in the Mediterranean region. The Bay Leaf is useful in hearty, homestyle cooking. When you are making bean, split pea and vegetable soups, meat stews, spaghetti sauce, and chili, a Bay leaf can be added for a more pungent flavour. Alternate whole Bay Leaves with meat, seafood, or vegetables on skewers before cooking. Be sure to remove Bay Leaves before eating a dish that has finished cooking. The whole leaves are used to impart flavour only.
Bay Leaves - Bulk Bag 1KG - $35.00