Where does the laurel come from?
The laurel - Laurus nobilis has its origin in Asia Minor, but has spread a long time ago into the Mediterranean Area. Today it is cultivated there. The laurel tree can grow wild up to 15 meters high. It is an evergreen tree with yellow-greenish flowers and dark purple berries during flowering. It also needs a warm climate and a nutrient-rich soil. The laurel tree does not tolerate frost or dryness, which is why it grows mainly in the coastal region.
Laurel and History
In the Greek mythology, the laurel appears as a wreath. It was presented to the winner of competitions. Great Roman generals also wore wreaths of laurel.
How do laurel leaves taste?
Laurel leaves have a strong, warm aroma and the dried leaves should be used sparingly.
Culinary use of the bay leaves
One finds laurel in a great variety of dishes . They are used very universally. In France, they are part of the bouquet garni and used in a Courbouillon. They are used to season ragouts, roasts, fish soup and marinades.
You make sauces such as béchamel and tomato sauces, stews, braised meat, grilled skewers, seafood, desserts and more with it.
Laurel leaves are stewed with the Milanese veal Ossobuco. Bay leaves have a diuretic effect, promote digestion and stimulate the appetite.
Storage of spices and herbs
Please store all spices and herbs in an airtight container, cool and dry. Protect it from direct sunlight.