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Bay Leaves

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  • Taste & Aroma

    Piney, Spicy, Bitter

    Z&Z Recommends with:

    Broth, Sauces, Roasted meat

    Pairs deliciously with:

    Bolognese Sauce, Chicken Soup, Slow-Cooked Beef

  • Origin & History

    Since ancient times, Bay (Laurus Nobilis, from the Laurel family) has been considered a symbol of glory, peace and protection. Ancient Greeks believed that bay leaves had divinatory powers, while ancient Romans used them as the symbol of military triumph: victorious generals were decorated with a laurel wreath.

    Plant Description

    Bay is an evergreen shrub that grows wild in the Mediterranean areas, but it also adapts to fresher areas like woods and hills. It has a black bark and oval, dark green aromatic leaves. This plant produces little dark berries and light yellow flowers in spring.


    Bay leaves are useful to add depth of flavour meat dishes and soups and together with other Mediterranean herbs (like thyme, parsley and sage) they are commonly used to add succulent flavour to sauces and broths. Take care to remove the leaves before serving your dish because they have a slightly bitter taste.

  • Ingredients

    Bay Leaves



    Serving size

    14 x 1/2 Tsp

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