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Bay Laurel
(Common bay leaf)

Bay Leaf
Photo:  Bay Leaf, Hutchinson farmhouse garden, David MacTavish, July 5, 2013.
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since about 1984. Available by chance as seed shipment and germination is never a certainty.

  • Description
    Laurus nobilis
    Winter Hardiness: move indoors
    Light Requirements: Sun, part sun
    Height: 3' - 8'
    Habit: Upright
    Where to plant: in containers

  • In the Garden
    Bay Laurel (common bay leaf) should be grown in a container: outdoors in the summer, indoors for winter. This slow growing shrub may be kept in its pot for one year, then transplanted into larger and larger pots as needed. Our first bay laurel shrub is now over 30 years old, we keep it pruned to about six feet tall.

  • In the Kitchen
    Native to the Mediterranean, bay leaf is a foundation flavour of French cuisine, frequently added to soups and stews, meat, fish, and poultry dishes.

  • Harvest: Cut off leaves as needed
    Preserve: can be dried, but best used fresh.