• Denys J. Charles


Bay leaf is native to the Mediterranean region and Asia and is a small evergreen tree with dark green, shiny, and leathery leaves. This chapter describes the botany, history, producing regions, flavor and aroma, parts used, and active constituents. The chapter also highlights the uses of bay leaf in different recipes around the world. It is an active ingredient of the genuine bouquet garni. Bay leaf has been reported to have digestive, antifungal, antibacterial, hypolipidemic, gastroprotective, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. Finally the medicinal uses, functional properties, and antioxidant properties of bay leaf are discussed in great detail.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Denys J. Charles
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  1. 1.Frontier Natural Products Co-opNorwayUSA

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