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bay leaf

The aromatic leaf from the evergreen bay laurel tree, native to the Mediterranean. There are two varieties: Turkish (1 to 2 inch long oval) and California (2 to 3 inch long narrow) leaves. The Turkish is said to have the better flavor.

plural: bay leaves


Season: available year-round

How to select: Fresh bay leaves are rarely available.

How to store: Keep for 6 months in a cool dark place.

How to prepare: Flavor soups, stews and long-cooking dishes, but remove before serving.

Matches well with: beans, game, lentils, potatoes, risotto, shellfish, soups, stews, tomatoes

Substitutions: 1/4 tsp crushed bay leaf = 1 whole bay leaf = 1/4 tsp thyme

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Nutrition Facts

Calculated for 1 tsp, crumbled
Amount Per Serving %DV
Calories 1
Calories from Fat 0 (24%)
Total Fat 0.1g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Potassium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0.4g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g 0%
Sugars 0.2g
Protein 0.0g 0%

How is this calculated?