This was my “learn something new” topic of today.
FROM THE DESK OF DR. HILDY™
by Dr. Hildegarde Staninger, RIET-1
Series 4: Botanicals of Antiquity BAY LEAVES
© August 3, 2012
Bay leaves have been used in culinary dishes from all over the word to give the tasty dish a “little zing” since ancient times. The bay tree belongs to the family of Laurraceane of the genus Laurus nobilis. It is thought to originate from Asia Minor, but spread all over the Mediterranean and Asia during earlier times.
The bay plant is a conical evergreen tree growing to 30 feet in height. Yellow or greenish white, star shaped flowers appear during early spring, which subsequently produce dark green-purplish single seeded berry. The leaves are eliptic and shiny dark green about 3 to 4 inches long, rather thick and leathery.
The leaves give off a sweet aroma when broken and added to a dish or your flour…
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