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To 25 feet
trees are sometimes known as sweet bay or bay laurel. The dried leaves
are a very common cooking ingredient. The leaves can also be used fresh
as they are in Europe but the flavor is quite strong. A little goes a
When purchasing a bay plant, be sure to buy it
using the botanical name. Many plants look, smell, taste or sound alike,
but not all are safe for culinary purposes. Umbellularia californica,
California bay, for instance, is toxic, yet its leaves are dried to make
Bay is difficult to propagate from stem
cuttings so it is best to buy young plants. It is a slow grower and does
well planted in containers. Repot young plants into increasingly larger
containers as they grow. Fertilize bay growing in containers every few
weeks during spring and summer. Container grown bay will overwinter quite
well in the house.
Lucky are those that live in zones 7 and 8 as
this evergreen, shrubby tree can be planted outdoors. It will withstand
Fresh bay has commercial potential and can be
packaged fresh in clamshell trays for sale to the supermarket trade. Bay
packaged this way will last quite a long time.
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