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Bay leaves nicely flavour [[soup]]s and particularly [[stew]]s. Their nice glossy green colour when fresh makes them a nice garnish. They work well dried, and even better when fresh. Bay leaves are easily dried - just tie a twig of leaves to a hook in your [[kitchen]] roof- and last a long time dried.
 
   
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The '''Bay tree''' which provides the culinary leaf is ''Laurus nobilis''. Also known as the laurel, the leaves have traditionally been used in a [[laurel wreath|wreath]] to crown those of great achievement. It is from this tradition that the [[SCA]] takes the idea of the [[Order of the Laurel]] from.
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Bay leaves nicely flavour [[soup]]s and particularly [[stew]]s. Their nice glossy green colour when fresh makes them a nice garnish. They work well dried, and even better when fresh. Bay leaves are easily dried - just tie a twig of leaves to a hook in your [[kitchen]] roof- and last a long time dried.
The bay tree which provides the leaves for cooking is more correctly known as the sweet bay tree. It is unrelated to the [[bay laurel]], whose leaves are poisonous.
 
   
 
'''Did you know:'''
 
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* Bay trees can be easily shaped as young plants into topiaries, and can be happily kept in pots for many years as such.
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* Bay trees can be easily shaped as young plants into [[topiary|topiaries]], and can be happily kept in pots for many years as such.
* Bay leaves consumed in sufficient (ie LARGE) quantities can have psychoactive effects. Do some reading into greek prophetesses living in houses thatched with bay leaves and chewing bay leaves all day - they had visions.
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* Bay leaves consumed in sufficient (i.e. LARGE) quantities can have psychoactive effects. Do some reading into Greek prophetesses living in houses thatched with bay leaves and chewing bay leaves all day - they had visions.
   
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The oil obtained from the berries of the bay tree was also used for a variety of uses, including perfume.
   
 
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* other [[herbs]]
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*[[Laurel (Askham)|Laurel according to ''Askham's Herbal'']]
   
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[[Category:Herbs]]
''see also'': other [[herbs]]
 

Latest revision as of 18:37, 30 January 2007

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The Bay tree which provides the culinary leaf is Laurus nobilis. Also known as the laurel, the leaves have traditionally been used in a wreath to crown those of great achievement. It is from this tradition that the SCA takes the idea of the Order of the Laurel from.

Bay leaves nicely flavour soups and particularly stews. Their nice glossy green colour when fresh makes them a nice garnish. They work well dried, and even better when fresh. Bay leaves are easily dried - just tie a twig of leaves to a hook in your kitchen roof- and last a long time dried.

Did you know:

  • Bay trees can be easily shaped as young plants into topiaries, and can be happily kept in pots for many years as such.
  • Bay leaves consumed in sufficient (i.e. LARGE) quantities can have psychoactive effects. Do some reading into Greek prophetesses living in houses thatched with bay leaves and chewing bay leaves all day - they had visions.

The oil obtained from the berries of the bay tree was also used for a variety of uses, including perfume.

see also: