Bay Leaves

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High-quality bay leaves are aromatic and have a bright green color. The more faded the green color, the more bitter the leaves will taste.


There are two main varieties of bay leaves—Turkish and Californian. Turkish bay leaves, which have 1- to 2-inch-long (2.5–5cm) oval leaves, have a subtler flavor than the Californian variety, which feature narrow, 2- to 3-inch-long (5–7.6cm) leaves.

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