Other names: bay laurel, Grecian laurel, sweet bay, true bay
Appearance: Small, oval shaped light green leaves.
Typically used: Whole as a seasoning and removed before serving.
Origin: The Bay Laurel originates in Turkey and around the Mediterranean. It loves the dry heat.
Flavor: It imparts a subtle somewhat bitter herbaceousness.
Aroma: There is very little aroma.
Culinary uses: The bay leaf can be added to soups, stews, curries, chili, as well as rice dishes.