Bay Leaves

Bay Leaf

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Bay leaf refers to the aromatic leaves of several plants used in cooking. These include: Bay laurel. Fresh or dried bay leaves are used in cooking for their distinctive flavor and fragrance (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

Individuals with a known allergy to bay leaf (Laurus nobilis), its constituents, and related plants in the Lauraceae family as well as the Compositae/Asteraceae family should not use bay leaf. Contact dermatitis  and occupational asthma have been reported (Healthline, nd).

Common Uses:

Bay leaves were used for flavoring by the ancient Greeks. It is a fixture in the cooking of many European cuisines (particularly those of the Mediterranean), as well as in the Americas. They are used in soups, stews, meat, seafood, vegetable dishes, and sauces. The leaves also flavor many classic French dishes (Wikipedia, nd).

Amount Per 1 tbsp, crumbled (1.8 g)

Calories 6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Potassium 10 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1.4 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0.5 g 2%
Protein 0.1 g 0%
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 1% Iron 4%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 0%

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