Bay leaves anyone?


Tuesday 10 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

I remember these things in cookery lessons, but to be honest, that was about as much knowledge I had on the subject of Bay Leaves. That is until I landed in this part of the world. Here the Bay trees (or Defne as we know them) grow wild, adding yet more wonderful smells to add to all the citrus and olive scents that fill the air.




They grow pretty rampant too, so it’s just one of those things that gets cut back on a regular basis. Incidentally, they grow very well at the base of citrus fruit trees. The next image shows about half of what I found under a Washington orange tree (just three years growth too)




The wood is good for the burner once seasoned, and the leaves and branches are burned along with other tree cuttings – we have more bay leaves than we’ll ever need for cooking with! Oh, and the bonfire smells pretty nice too 🙂




There was so much to cut back this year that I used the branches for a hedge!




And yes, that is a bay tree below… told you they grow well here!

The diameter of the trunk is about 25cm (10″)





11 thoughts on “Bay leaves anyone?

  1. […] pruned a number of the olive trees for regeneration, and lopped a few branches from wild Bay trees, the last job is to collect up all the wood. By hand it would take some serious time and effort, […]


  2. Well, I have inhaled 50 instead of just sniffing it. Also smelling the Bay here in South Florida, your Bay tree looks a lot better than mine but I get enough for cooking.


  3. AnnetteM says:

    Bay trees do grow here, well down South anyway. My mum had a house in a row called Bay Tree cottages and yes there was a Bay tree in the garden, but nothing like the size of yours of course. I think it goes really well with salmon.


  4. fredrieka says:

    yes please,

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  5. joannesisco says:

    That’s a serious amount of bay leaves! I can just imagine the mixture of smells 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. These look like my Mums hedges, better not try eating them though just in case lol.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. dayphoto says:

    Golly, to purchase bay leaves here costs and arm and half a leg…lucky you!

    Linda ★★


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