The bay leaf is an aromatic leaf commonly used in cooking. It can be used whole or in a dried or ground form.
Bay leaves are a fragrant leaf from the laurel tree used as an herb. Bay leavesare available whole—either fresh or dried—or ground into a powder. The leaves are added to slow-cooked recipes, such as soups, sauces, and stews, and are removed before serving the dish.
leaf of the sweet bay tree (Laurus nobilis), an evergreen of the family Lauraceae, indigenous to countries bordering the Mediterranean.