Romans and Greeks of ancient times used bay leaf to crown their victors, while garlands of bay leaf honored their poets and scholars. In fact, the term baccalaureate literally means laurel berries, referring to the laurel wreaths worn by these learned individuals.
- Place whole leaves in soups and stews.
- Use to roast a winter squash.
- Place whole leaves under the skin of a chicken before baking.
- Add to a basic white sauce for creamed spinach.