Bay leaves come from the laurel tree. It is commonly used as a herb and a flavouring. When fresh, bay leaves have a vibrant green colour that becomes more muted when dried. Unlike most herbs bay leaves have a stronger flavour when dried!
They have a subtle, aromatic flavour and are commonly used to bring out flavours in a dish.
Bay leaves are used as a flavouring, they are not normally eaten. In cooking, they are usually removed before serving. They can be added to stews, soups, sauces and to flavour meat, seafood, and vegetable dishes
Fresh bay leaves should be stored in the fridge and will last up to two weeks. Dried bay leaves will last much longer.
Bay leaves are also good at repelling pests like moths, flies, cockroaches, mice, and silverfish.