Bay Leaves - Information and Spice Variations
Bay leaves add depth of flavor to soups and sauces. There are two varieties available at The Spice House: Turkish and Californian. The California variety has a bright green color and a beautiful long leaf (making them great for craft work), with a strong, slightly astringent flavor. The Turkish bay leaves have a softer, more subtle flavor and are more commonly used in most cooking.
Dried bay leaves can last for a long time, but do eventually lose their flavor. Test yours by bending them slightly - they should have a bit of flexibility, and when you do break them, they should still have an aroma.
The flavor of these Turkish bay leaves is far milder and more complex than that of domestic bay; it adds a subtly sweet astringency to dishes. Only …