Bay Leaves

Bay leaves come from the sweet bay or laurel tree, known botanically as Laurus nobilis.

The elliptical leaves of both trees are green, glossy, and grow up to 3 inches long. Bay leaves are grown in the Mediterranean region and are a staple in American kitchens. The leaves also flavor classic French dishes such as bouillabaise and bouillon.

Bay leaves are pungent and have a sharp, bitter taste.

Selecting and Storing Bay Leaves

Store dried bay leaves in a cool, dark, dry place. If choosing fresh bay leave, select those with good color and a clean, fresh scent and avoid any brown spots or wilted leaves. To keep fresh, refrigerate in a plastic bag filled with air and securely closed. Store in the vegetable crisper section of the refrigerator.

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About The Author

Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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