Organic Bay Leaves
Our Organic California Bay Leaves are the whole leaves of the California bay tree that are hand harvested and delicately air-dried. The leaves are added to cooking liquids, as with other bay leaf varieties.Using at Home
The bay leaves enhance savory braises, stews, and soups while the flavor of the leaves is quite mellow.
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
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.
California bay leaves impart a deep fragrance into savory dishes, which is much more evident than its subtle taste. These aromas and delicate flavors are a bit floral and herbal, resembling that of thyme and oregano.
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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All of our methods, are completely compatible with the full USDA Organic standard, while managing to meet - or surpass - strict FDA regulated safety standards. Our key technologies include: Steam Treated Spice, Steam Treated Spices.