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"Ornamental" bay tree - really?

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by lemonsqueeezy, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. My kids have bought their dad a father's day bay tree, but we've only just read the label and it says not for consumption. Really? Isn't a bay tree just a bay tree?
     
  2. My kids have bought their dad a father's day bay tree, but we've only just read the label and it says not for consumption. Really? Isn't a bay tree just a bay tree?
     
  3. lapinrose

    lapinrose Lead commenter

    It may have been sprayed with something which is poisonous.
     
  4. There are just ornamental versions.
    If you crush a leaf, it should smell of bay if it is the edible version. If not, it will smell of nothing.
    If there is a Latin term on the label, the edible version is called Laurus Nobilis.
    The ornamental ones are normally cherry laurel, which is poisonous (Prunus Laurocerasus).
     
  5. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I find dried bay leaves better flavour.
     
  6. Well it says Laurus Nobilis, so it should be ok to eat.
    It was on special from aldi (can't find a link to it though). I'll give the leaves a good clean first...

    very petty to look at though - a nice twirly trunk!

     
  7. They do - but if you leave the fresh leaves to "wilt" for a day or two they are ok.
    If it says Nobilis, lemony - it is edible [​IMG]
     
  8. modelmaker

    modelmaker Occasional commenter

    Out of interest, when I ordered some from Tesco recently I was astonished at the low cost. 35p a packet and a two for one offer. There's loads of them in the packet.
    I looked for them on their website to have a go at a Jamie Oliver recipe for bay salt prawns. http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/seafood-recipes/bay-salt-prawn-skewers-with-summer-veg
    and here's him cooking it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEWgtUc2x2A
    Sadly it was p!ssing down on the day I intended to cook it and did something vaugely similar with the prawns in the oven instead.


     

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