Sweet Bay Tree (Laurus nobilis) The bay laurel, with the botanical name Laurus nobilis, of the plant family Lauraceae, is also known as Bay tree (esp. United Kingdom), True Laurel, Grecian Laurel, Laurel tree, or simply Laurel. It is an aromatic evergreen tree or large shrub with green, glossy leaves, native to the Mediterranean region. It is one of the plants used for bay leaf seasoning in cooking. Under the simpler name “laurel,” Laurus nobilis figures prominently in classical Greek, Roman, and Biblical culture. Worldwide, many other kinds of plants in diverse families are also called “bay” or “laurel,” generally due to similarity of foliage or aroma to Laurus nobilis, and the full name is used for the California bay laurel (Umbellularia), also in the family Lauraceae. (Source: Wikipedia).
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