Bay Leaves

By: Jake Oetzmann

Information about Bay Leaves

Origin: They are native to the Meditteranian region and Asian minor. The trees that bay leaves come from grow well in subtropic areas.


Common Uses: The leaves are often used to flavor soups, stews, braises, etc. They can be used dried or fresh.


Health Benefits: Many believe that they symbolize wisdom, peace, and protection. They contain many minerals and proteins. They have an exceptional amount of Vitamin A.


Interesting Facts: They are also known as Sweet Bay and Sweet Laurel. They were believed to alleviate bee and wasp stings.


Botanical Information: Fresh or dried Bay leaves are used in cooking for their distinctive flavor and fragrance. The leaves are not meant to be eaten. The leaves are often used to flavor soups, stews, and braises.





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