Bay Leaves

Bay leaves, often used dried or fresh, whole or in a bouquet garni. These leaves are used in cooking to add distinctive flavor and fragrance to dishes and are removed before serving.

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What happens if you eat bay leaf?

you mean gay leaf

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Weight of a bay leaf?

There are about 12 medium size Bay leaves per gram.

12x28=336per oz

This is only an average and by no means exact.

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Where do bay leaves grow?

On a bay tree.

Aromatic leaf of the bay laurel (Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae). I've never seen it grow bigger than a large shrub and it's usually called laurel. They need to be dried and aged before the flavor is any good. Fresh bay tastes like a green leaf!

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How much ground bay leaves equals 1 bay leaf?

About a quarter teaspoon.

Because the ground bay leaf is made from dried bay leaves, the flavour is stronger and more intense so you don't need as much.

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How do you propagate bay leaves?

The easiest method of propagation if you have a tree that has a lot of basal sucker is to dig the sucker growth with some roots attached and transfer it to grow on separately in a pot until large enough to plant. The ideal time to do this is in the spring when growth is strong.

If there are no rooted suckers to take advantage of, the next best form of propagation of the Bay is to take cuttings. It is not the easiest tree to grow from cuttings, so take several them to be sure you have enough successes to serve your needs.

Bay cuttings will fare best with bottom heat. If you have a heating mat (sold through garden supply stores), you will be able to control your heat the best. For purists who have the set-up for it, you can use hot compost under the pots or rooting trays.

Bay is susceptible to fungus and rot which makes it a bit more tricky since your rooting medium (sterilized potting or seed soil, or a mixture of perlite and sand) should not be allowed to dry out. Rooting hormone powder should help as it not only encourages the formation of roots, but has a fungicide mixed in. Dip your cutting in the hormone powder and press the end of the cutting into your moistened medium.

If you do not want to use rooting hormone powder, you can try using a tea made of dried willow leaves and watering with it. It is not fungicidal, but it will encourage rooting. With bottom heat and high humidity (misting will help), your cuttings should start to root from 30 - 90 days in temperatures ideally in the 70's. They can, however, take up to a year, so if they are still green, do not give up on them. You will have the best luck using a propagator.

When you see your cutting actively putting out new growth, you will likely have some good roots started. Wait until the plant has grown a few new leaves before planting in a larger container. Although your tree will grow reasonably fast at this young age, it may take a year or two before it is ready to go into the ground. Overall, Laurel Bay trees are slow growers.

There are two more ways to propagate this tree. You can try growing Bay laurels from seed, but most seed tends to rot before germinating.

Layering is also a way to propagate this plant. Bend a branch gently until it lays on ground. Make a nick in the branch where it touches the ground and hold it in place against the soil with a rock on either side or use garden staples. You can also use hormone powder on the nicked area. It is a hit-or-miss method, but if your layering works, your plant is likely to grow a bit faster than a cutting. It can take 6 months to a year or more to root.

Propagate bay by harvesting semi-ripe side shoots in late summer, or by layering. Plant cuttings, treated with a rooting hormone, in heated propagation trays with high humidity.

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Can you substitute Cilantro for Bay Leaf?

No, Cilantro is very fragrant and used as a primary spice element in dishes. Bay leaves on the other hand have a more subtle flavor and two or three leaves are added to soups and stews.

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What types of animals like to eat bay leaves?

Rabbits

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How much does a dried bay leaf weigh?

According to the ones in my kitchen, .2 g each.

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Where do Bay Leaves come from and can you eat them?

Bay leaves grow on a tree and can be used in cooking - they are safe to eat = Answer = Bay Leaves come from the sweet bay or laurel tree, known botanically as Laurus nobilis. They are often used as a flavoring for soups and stews, but the leaves themselves are bitter and hard to chew, so are generally discarded after cooking.

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Can you use Cilantro as a substitute for Bay Leaf?

not really because the taste and flavor will not be ok

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What spice can you use if you don't have bay leaves?

1/4 tsp dried thyme per bay leaf. But really, you can leave it out if you're making a soup or marinade.

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How do you dry bay leaves?

Lay them on a gauze or cloth surface, not in sunlight, have a movement of air over them preferably in a wooden frame enclosed with gauze try not to let them touch each other, if you use any form of heat you may remove the essential oils. hang a part of the plant upsidedown, when harvesting, (NEVER more than 1/2 of wat u c) leave out of direct sunlight. in a few days they should be dry.

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Do bay leaves repel cockroaches?

Yes, bay leaves repel roaches due to natural insectisides inside of it.

Roaches detest the stuff.

Crush the leaves and spread them in your kitchen cupboards where you don't want roaches for a wonderful smelling, roach free kitchen. :)

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Do bay leaves repel mice?

Yes. Bay leaves repel mice due to their bad smell for mice. It is one of the best method to remove mice, rat etc.

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Do bay leaves get rid of insects?

No, they don't.

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How many teaspoon of bay leaves equals 1 bay leaf?

it equals 1/4 teaspoon

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Is bay leaf tea good for digestive system?

Yeah

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Why would you give bay leaves to dogs?

Bay leaves are aromatic leaves of the bay plant, often used in cooking soups and stews; they are also featured in recipes such as pot roasts and other hearty meat dishes. Bay leaves are not toxic to humans, but they often have a bitter, intense taste that makes removal of them from the stew after cooking a habit of many cooks.

Bay leaves will likely have the same effects on dogs - not toxic (probably), but also not palatable. There is no medical reason to give bay leaves to a dog - they are flavorful, but they are not medicinal or healing. However, I suspect someone somewhere on the internet may have posted information stating bay leaves are good for dogs. There is no scientific evidence suggesting that bay leaves are anything but an aromatic herb useful for flavoring human foods.

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Are bay leaves poisionus to eat?

Bay leaves as the leaf, powdered or crumbled are completely safe to eat. They are great for flavor in quick dishes or soups and strews. A lot of the time they aren't served in the dish because the texture isn't easy to eat. There is a choking hazard associated with bay leaves. If they are crumbled or powdered, that is not an issue.

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How do you repel ants with bay leaves?

A few bay leaves scattered loose on cupboard shelves will repel inspects of many kinds, including ants.

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Why do you add bay leaf to recipe?

Bay leaf is a herb, adding bay leaf adds a distinct flavour to the food.

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What does a Bay Leaf do?

Adds flavor to a dish. Just add the bay leaf while cooking to the liquid for stews etc. Remove the leaf once cooking is complete, or while eating.

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Where in the world do bay leaves grow?

mAINLY Turkey but also France, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Central America, North America, and India.

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Where can you get a bay tree - can I germinate dry bay leaves?

Bay leaves come from the bay laurel tree (Laurus nobilis), sometimes called "sweet bay" which is a semi-tropical tree. Hardy to zones 8-10. If will not survive if the temperatures drop below 5 degrees Fahrenheit. It grows best in rich, moist, well drained soil, in full sun but protected from wind.

If you live in an area where it can grow outdoors you could try to germinate the plant from SEED, leaves will not germinate, nor for that matter, will the seeds if you allow them to dry out.

You may also propagate this plant using stem cutting or layering techniques.

I have not found a source for bay laurel seeds in North America, but most good nurseries (particularly those specialising in herbs) will usually carry the seedlings.

If you do not live in zones 8-10 the bay laurel is an excellent house plant if kept well attended. See growing conditions above.

See the related links below for more information on growing and using bay laurel.

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