CAS Number: 8002-41-3 ; 84603-73-6
FEMA Number: 2125
EINECS Number: 283-272-5
Paras Code: PEO1014
Bay Leaves are among the most versatile of herbs and the plants, if regularly clipped, rank among the mostrndecorative of shrubs. The glossy and sweetly scented leaves are indispensible in both French and Mediterraneanrncooking, a traditional ingredient in bouquet garni and
must in marinades.
The bay tree came originally from Asia minor and was established around the ancient cultures of Mediterranean. Dedicated to the god Apollo, it was the laurel referred to in the crow of laurel leaves presented as a symbol of wisdom and victory in ancient Greece and Rome, the origin of the circlet of leaves worn by victorious motor racing drivers today.
Bay leaves are flat, pointed, oval about 7.5 cm long, dark green, and glossy. They retain a somewhat balsamic scent and the wood too is strongly aromatic. In ideal conditions, the shrubby trees may grow to 7.5 m tall and up to 2 m across. The stems are tough and woody and have a grey bark. The flowers which appear in late spring are small, yellow, and rather insignificant.
Strong, spicy, medicinal, slightly camphoraceous odour
Pale yellow to green colored liquid