Product: Bay Leaves
Latin Name: Laurus nobilis
Plant Family: Lauraceae
Other Names: Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay, Grecian Laurel, Bay Tree, Laurier d’Apollon, Edler LorbeerBaum, Lauro Franco, Bahia.
Description: Bay is an aromatic, evergreen, dioecious (both sexes in one plant) tree or shrub, native to the Mediterranean and can grow to a height of 20 metres. The leaves are rigid, lance shaped, leathery and glossy dark green in colour on the upper leaves, with a paler green underside, finely serrated, with a wavy edge and 26-12cm in length. The male and female flowers are delicate creamy white to greeny white in colour, 1cm in diameter and appear in spring; in good summers they form black berries which are inedible.
Bay can be used to flavour both sweet and savoury dishes; the best flavour for cooking however is obtained from dried leaves rather than fresh. Add to pates, soups, stews and casseroles, bay works well with meat, fish and poultry. Try adding a few leaves to delicately scent custards for serving with poached peaches or apricots. Dried leaves can used to make winter wreaths and decorations, and make excellent additions to pot pourri.
Tip: Always remove bay leaves from a dish prior to freezing it, bay leaf goes very bitter on freezing and will impart that bitterness to your dish when reheated.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.