Laurus nobilis is an aromatic evergreen tree or large shrub with green, glabrous smooth leaves, in the flowering plant family Lauraceae. It is native to the Mediterranean region and is used as bay leaf for seasoning in cooking. Only 1 out of the 10 main types of this tree delivers leaves that are fit for consumption.
Bay leaves can be found in kitchens all over the world. For over three thousand years the leaves have been used for soups and stews and are hugely used in French kitchens. The herb is one of the components of a bouquet garni, but can also be found in fonds, terrines, marinades, stews and ragoûts. In Europe, the dried leaves are mainly used because they are less bitter than the fresh ones.
The aromatic scent of bay leaf enhances other flavours and spices such as parsley and thyme.
Good in combination with all-spice, garlic, marjoram, oregano, parsley and thyme.