Usage of Bay Leaves (Laurel Leaves)
Bay leaves known as the leaves of Laurel Plant which is native to Mediterranean Region.
These bay leaves are acrid and have a sharp, bitter flavour. Their taste and fragrance are somewhat similar to the cinnamon bark but comparatively milder.
Botanically, bay tree belongs to the family of Lauraceae, in the genus; Laurus. It is thought to have originated in Asia Minor region, from where it distributed to all over the Mediterranean region and other parts of Asia.
Here the green laurel plant.
Some Health Benefits of Bay Leaves
The spice of bay leaves contains many minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
Bay leaves contain compounds are known to have been antiseptic, anti-oxidant, digestive, and thought to have anti-cancer properties.
Bay leaves are an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Vitamin A is a natural antioxidant and is essential for healthy visual sight. It is also required for maintaining mucusa and skin health. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin A has been found to help to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. Vitamin C is an energy booster.
The spice is indeed a very good source of many vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid and riboflavin. These B-complex groups of vitamins help in enzyme synthesis, nervous system function, and regulating body metabolism.
Usage of the Dried Buy Leaves
Its dried leaves are brewed into an herbal tea against anxiety.
Bay laurel is also an essential ingredient in many classic sauces such as bread sauce, tomato sauce, and béchamel.
Whole Bay leaves are added to flavor cuisines such as seafood, poultry, meat and vegetable dishes.
Bay leaf is used to flavor sweet dishes like sweet breads, custards, creams, etc.
You can use powder bay leaves in the mixed spices.
Also you can burn them in the room to feel relaxation.
In addition, if you add whole bay leaves into your dishes, after cooking you need to remove it from the dish. Whole leaves are not commonly consumed. Some smart alecks claims that, there is poison or toxic inside which is totally false. Just, the whole leaves are tough and hard to eat, that’s all.