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California Bay Leaves

Bay Leaves - California Laurel Leaves from Savory Spice
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The California bay is a native evergreen tree that grows to 80 feet in height. There are different species of the laurel family, California bay leaves or umbellularia californica, are also known as mountain laurel, Oregon myrtle or pepperwood.

Native Americans used the bark of California bay trees for tea and the leaves to help keep away biting insects.

These leaves are longer, skinnier, have a stronger flavor than Turkish bay leaves. California and Turkish bay leaves can be used interchangeably, but because of their stronger flavor, less of the California should be used in recipes. Excellent in chowders, tomato based dishes, stews and pickling. Remove whole leaves before serving

 

Bay leaves are native to the eastern Mediterranean.
Nutritional Information
Salt-Free
Sugar-Free
Gluten-Free
Nut-Free
Vegetarian
Vegan
MSG-Free
Dairy-Free
Garlic-Free
Onion-Free
Sweetener-Free
Black Pepper-Free
Capsicum-Free
Corn-Free


Also known as laurels, these leaves from a tree native to California are sweet with nutmeg and camphor notes.

Best for slow cooking dishes. Add to chowders, tomato based dishes, stews, and pickling brines. Remove whole leaves before serving.

For 2-3 T of mix: Grind 6 bay leaves, 1 1/2 t whole cloves, and 1/4 t white peppercorns into fine powder and mix with 1 t kosher salt, pepper, and ground allspice, and 1/4 t ground nutmeg, mace, celery, and dried onion


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