Mediterranean Bay Leaf Powder
Mediterranean Bay Leaves come from Laurus nobilis, an everygreen tree that is part of the Lauraceae family. They are also known as Laurel Leaf, Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay, Sweet Laurel, or simply as Bay Herb. Essential to Mediterranean cuisine and an important component of the classic Bouquet Garní along with thyme and parsley; Bay leaves are usually used slow-simmered dishes like soups, stews, meat, seafood, vegetable dishes, and sauces. They also flavor many classic French dishes.
Cooking with Mediterranean Bay Leaf Powder
Mediterranean bay leaves are not to be confused with Indian bay leaves.
The aroma and flavor of Indian Bay leaves is strongly reminiscent of cinnamon, cloves, and cassia, while their Mediterranean cousins have a bitter, spicy, strong, and pungent flavor, with a cooling undertone. The taste is “piney”, with hints of nutmeg, clove, and camphor.
Dried ground leaves are often used in cooking for extra strength. They are included in soups, sauces, and stews. Mediterranean Bay leaf powder is an appropriate seasoning for fish, meat, and poultry.
One of the many advantages of cooking with bay leaf powder is that there is no need to fish it out of the preparation once it’s done; but beware, bay leaf powder has a much stronger taste than whole leaves; we recommend to start by adding small amounts and building up the flavor as needed.
1 whole leaf equals 1/4 tsp. of bay leaf powder
Try these fantastic recipes to put your bay leaf powder to work:
- Rubs: Mix Bay leaf powder with brown sugar, dried orange peel, sweet or hot paprika, black pepper, crushed coriander seeds, salt or garlic salt and a dash of cayenne pepper. Pour a few drops of olive oil to fish or chicken and rub gently to incorporate the flavors.
- Chicken Stew: take it international and recreate a delicious Pollo al Chilindrón in your own kitchen. This stew is similar to the Italian version of chicken cacciatore.
- Baked potatoes: Mix the aromatic bay leaf powder with a small amount of clarified butter and brush it over potatoes before baking them. It will be your favorite side dish from now on!
We’re all about those leaves…
Bay leaves are also called laurel leaves. They are the leaves of Laurus nobilis, an evergreen of the family Lauraceae, originally indigenous to Asia. From there, it spread to the Mediterranean and to other areas with similar climates.
Visually, the Bay Leaf is oval, pointed, and smooth. When dried, the leaf is a matte-olive-green to a light greenish-brown.
Bay leaves have been used since Roman times to treat problems associated with the stomach, liver, and kidney. They were also used for treating bee and wasp stings. In essential oils, it can help treat aches and pains, fever, diabetes, and coughs and colds.
For Early Greeks and Romans bay leaf or laurel was associated with the god Apollo, the patron of music and poetry. It was used as a symbol of victory: heroes and poets were crowned with wreaths of laurel leaves. That’s why nowadays people are advised not to “rest on their laurels”.
Our Bay Leaf Powder
Our bay leaves are specially grown in Turkey. Turkish Bay leaves are known for being a unique bay leaf variety in the world. This type of trees thrive in Mediterranean and/or Oceanic climates, and the specific components in Turkish soil nurture the plants to become a high quality and flavorful ingredient of your dishes.
We grind our Mediterranean Bay leaves in small batches in house. The powdered leaves are packaged the day they are ground to preserve aroma and flavor and prevent loss of essential oils. We add no fillers to our ground products: no flour (used as binding agent), no
Why Burma Spice?
If you are looking to buy a flavorful and vibrant Mediterranean bay leaf powder, look no further! We work directly with the best growers all over the world to assure that we are bringing to your table the freshest, most vibrant, and exotic spices. They are purchased directly from harvest and stored in climate-controlled conditions to ensure freshness and preserve their volatile organic oils. The intense flavor, color, and aroma attest to their freshness.
When you cook something exotic, spicy, and delicious, you want it to taste the way it’s supposed to taste. This requires no substitutions and no compromises. That’s why the gourmet quality and flavor of our products remains our central focus.