The Laurus Nobilis Tree is also known as the bay laurel or Grecian laurel.
It is originally from the Mediterranean. This tree provides the bay leaves that are used in ethnic cuisine. The leaves are a popular seasoning in curry dishes, Thai food and Italian food.
Bay Leaf Cafe, Fitzrovia, London (Photo credit: Ewan-M)
People use the leaves from this tree in a variety of ways. For example, the flavor goes well with tomatoes and peppers and this is why it is used in Italian dishes a lot, because these have lots of fresh ingredients like garlic and tomatoes. They also taste good in sauces and stews. People who do not use a lot of salt in their cooking may opt for salt free seasonings that contain this ingredient.
A bowl of dried bay leaves for use in cooking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
These trees are usually tall and can reach heights of eighteen meters. If you have one in your garden, you can control its height by pruning it. The leaves can be used fresh but are also dried to help preserve them. They are sharp and have an abrasive effect. For this reason, after whole leaves have imparted their flavor to dishes they are usually removed. This decreases the likelihood of them causing damage to tender tissues inside the digestive tract. If the leaves are ground, they are usually not removed.
A leaf of the Bay Laurel Laurus nobilis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Laurus Nobilis tree provides leaves for cooking and even for adding flavor to beverages like the Bloody Mary. However this plant also has a number of medicinal properties. The leaves are a strong antiseptic and used to be applied in cases of smallpox and diphtheria. They also assist people who have stomach problems or lack an appetite.
A close-up of several Bay leaf (Laurus nobilis) leaves. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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