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Bay Leaves, Whole (Hand Selected)

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A staple in Mediterranean cuisine, but also used in Filipino, French, Moroccan, Pakistani, Indian, and American cookery. Bay leaves were once cultivated in ancient Greece for their bitter flavor of mace and camphor, but also for their leathery durability that made them useful in decoration and for crafting laurels to crown great people of the time. The bay leaf is a true champion in the culinary world.

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It’s hard to pin down the flavor of a bay leaf. Indeed, for one of the most widely used herbs in sauces, soups, and stews you might be hard pressed to accurately describe the flavor since the leaves release it so slowly. If you’re really curious then place a few in a bowl and pour boiling water over it and inhale deeply.

Bitter. Camphor. Mace. A bit a eucalyptus.

By itself it’s a bit curious and slightly off-putting. But that’s by itself. That’s why bay leaves are used as an ingredient for building flavor. They provide a bitter balance, a medicinal spice that compliments acids and backs up umami compounds. Bay leaves are a must for soups, terrines, sauces, and stews.

Additional Info
IngredientsBay leaves.
Recommended ApplicationsBay Leaves are commonly used in Bouquet Garni, a bundle of herbs that are tied up and included in a dish to be removed prior to serving. Also great when added to baked potatoes, cooked with fish, or added to a soup or sauce.
Basic PreparationReady to use, just add directly to recipe and remove the Bay Leaves prior to serving your dish.
CuisineAmerican, French, Mediterranean, Moroccan, Turkish
Product StyleWhole
Taste & AromaBitter or Astringent, Sweet
Shelf Life4 Years
Handling / StorageStore in a cool, dry place.
QualitiesAll Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO
Country of OriginTurkey
Dietary NotesNo


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