Bay Leaf

Bay Leaf and Laurel Leaf are dried leaves, or evergreen shrubs or trees reaching a height of between 15 and 20 meters. The leaf’s upper surface is shiny and glabrous, and is olive green. Its lower surface is dull olive-brown with prominent veins and ribs. The crushed leaves have a delicate and fragrant aroma. They also taste bitter and aromatic. The leaves are 2.5 to 7.5 cms long and 1.6 to 2.5cms wide. The leaves have an elliptical shape that taper to the tip and base.

Uses

Bay leaves can be used to flavor soups, stews or meats. Both the leaves and the fruits have aromatic, stimulant, and narcotic qualities. Essential oil extracted from leaves can also be used to flavor foods and as a spice. It is widely used in traditional medicine of many countries. It has anti-microbial, hypoglycaemic and anti-ulcerogenic properties.

Foreign Names

Spanish : Laurel

French : Laurier

German : Lorbeer

Swedish : Lager

Arabic : Ghar

Dutch : Laurier

Italian : Alloro

Portuguese : Loureiro

Russian : Laur

Japanese : Gekkeiju

Chinese : Yuch-kuei

English : Sweet laurel,Bayleaf

Product Bay Leaf
Length of Leaf
2.5 - 7.5 cm
Width of Leaf
1.6 - 2.5 cm
Moisture
13 % Max
Volatile Oil
1.5 % Max
Ash
4 % Max
Acid insoluble ash
0.8 % Max
Shape
Elliptical
Color
Green, Yellowish green

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