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What does bay leaf smell like?

If eaten whole, bay leaves (Laurus nobilis) are pungent and have a sharp, bitter taste. As with many spices and flavourings, the fragrance of the bay leaf is more noticeable than its taste. When dried, the fragrance is herbal, slightly floral, and somewhat similar to oregano and thyme.

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Simply so, do bay leaves have a smell?

Bay leaves are about their flavor and/or scent. That is, they are used for the same purpose we use most other herbs like pepper, cloves, thyme, mint, rosemary, etc.. But bay leaves hardly have any recognizable scent or flavor.

Also, can bay leaves kill you? Bay leaves, especially dried bay leaves, have a hard stem that feels uncomfortable when eaten. Old wives' tales warn that eating a bay leaf can kill you, but doing so is more of a nuisance than a true health threat. Fresh bay leaves aren't as crunchy as dried ones.

Keeping this in consideration, what flavor does a bay leaf add?

When the herb is infused into water, broth, or another cooking liquid, an almost minty flavor (somewhere between spearmint and menthol) develops, with subtle hints of black pepper and Christmas tree pine. They add a subtle bitterness that keeps heavy soups and stews from being so, well, heavy.

What are the benefits of bay leaves?

The Benefits of Drinking Bay Leaf Tea

  1. Bay leaves are a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
  2. They have been proven to be useful in the treatment of migraines.
  3. Bay Leaf contains enzymes that help to breakdown proteins and digest food faster, helping to calm indigestion.

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