Bay Laurel, also known as sweet bay, is an evergreen tree that is native to the Mediterranean region. It has been widely used in cooking, perfumery, and medicinal applications for centuries. The leaves of the bay laurel tree are the primary source of the raw material used in the production of essential oils, oleoresins, and dried leaves.
Synonyms: Bay laurel is also known by several other names such as sweet bay, laurel, bay tree, and true laurel. In some regions, it may also be referred to as Grecian laurel or Roman laurel.
Botanical Names: The botanical name of bay laurel is Laurus nobilis. It belongs to the family Lauraceae, which also includes other aromatic plants such as cinnamon and camphor.
Growing Locations: Bay laurel trees are typically grown in Mediterranean regions such as Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, and Tunisia. These trees thrive in warm, humid climates and are commonly found in coastal areas. However, they can also be grown in other parts of the world such as California, Florida, and Australia.