Organic Bay Leaves
Our Organic Bay Leaves enhance savory braises, stews, and soups while the flavor of the leaves is quite mellow. The California bay leaves impart a deep fragrance, which is much more evident than its subtle taste. The aromas and delicate flavors are a bit floral and herbal, resembling that of thyme and oregano.Using at Home
Add leaves to cooking liquids as you would with other bay leaf varieties.
Add a few California bay leaves to your next pot of anything-that's-not-dessert, liquid-like curry, and let slowly simmer, remove the leaf before consumption (technically they are edible).
To impart a more intense bay leaf flavor, crush the leaf prior to usage. However, this makes it difficult to pull out the leaf before eating, so put the crushed leaf in an infuser or muslin bag.
Add a crushed leaf to your next tea infusion, giving it a unique herbal fragrance that is quite delicious.Health
These organic bay leaves contain a variety of healthy compounds, including a rich source of vitamin A and C, trace minerals, and polyphenols an antioxidant.
The leaves have been used in cultures all around the world to calm a variety of health ailments from headaches to coughs.
It has been suggested that their nutrient makeup can help control diabetic glucose levels, boost immune system strength, reduce digestive discomfort, and potentially fight cancerous cells.Benefits
The leaves, from the bay tree, are all-natural and impart a deep fragrance, delicate flavor.
The leaves are directly sourced, hand harvested, and delicately air-dried.
By directly sourcing these all-natural California bay leaves we ensure that this aging has been done without the use of harsh chemicals; maximizing their robust flavor and nutrient load.
Bay Leaves represent a broad family of trees harvested for their aromatic leaves and is used in cuisines all around the world. The fresh bay leaf requires a pro-longed aging period for the unique fragrance and flavors to develop.
The tree is believed to have originated in the Eastern Mediterranean and first gained culinary popularity among ancient Greeks who used it as a flavoring for their meat preparations. The leaf has a well recorded historically in their culture, where it was celebrated for its medicinal properties and linked to many mythological legends. In fact, the leaf was so highly acclaimed that it was even featured in the crowns of early Olympic game winners.
The spice soon gained popularity in the rest of Mediterranean cuisines, becoming commonplace in stews and braises, and simultaneously became popular in south Asian cuisines particularly with Indian curries.
Perhaps the most important culinary adaption was the prestigious role they secured in French cuisine, which has since become globally recognized for its elite high-end flavors and preparation methods.
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Our inner safety seals are pressure sealed and it is normal when twisting off the cap that the seal may come off, come loose, and/or tear - so long as none of the contents spill out, the product is safe to consume.