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Bay Leaf/ Laurel
Bay or sweet bay (Laurus nobilis) is the leaf from a tree in the Laurel family. Bay leaves and berries have been used for a varity of different aliments including rheumatism, skin rashes, and earaches.
An essential ingredient in bouquet garni where it is combined with Thyme and Parsley in a cheesecloth bag then used to season soups, stews and sauces. Bay leaves should always be removed from the dish before serving. They can be used fresh or dried.