Bay Leaves

BAY LEAVES (also called laurel leaves)

Growing: A perennial evergreen tree; grow in full sun to partial shade

Flavor Profile: Slightly bitter, savory.

Uses: Soups and chowders; add to water for cooking vegetables. (i.e.) potatoes or pasta; spaghetti sauce, casseroles, stews; meat, especially beef dishes, chicken and turkey; fish (when poaching shrimp or cooking shellfish); in marinades; part of bouquet garni; in milk to flavor rice pudding. Almost indispensible when cooking.

Note: Seldom used fresh, as dried bay leaves have a better, sweeter flavor than fresh; flavor intensifies the longer it cooks. Remove at end of cooking.