LAUREL LEAVES OR BAY LEAVES (Laurus Nobilis)
A laurel leaf is a leaf from any plant in the Laurus genus, but most often refers to leaves from the Laurus nobilis, or bay laurel tree. Laurel leaves from the bay laurel tree are also known as bay leaves, and have been utilized by humans for thousands of years both for cooking and for making medicine. Many grocery stores carry bay laurel leaves, as do health food stores and stores which carry supplies for herbal medicine.
As an essential part of Mediterranean cooking, laurel leaves are used widely in vegetable dishes and seafood as well as meat; generally used in whole form. Wreaths made form laurel leaves have been used by the Ancient Greeks for the coronation of winners in sports games. Laurel leaves were also believed to protect against evil and diseases.
TURKISH BAY LEAF