A BIT ABOUT THE BAY
Native to the Mediterranean region, sweet bay is an attractive evergreen tree .
Male and female flowers are borne separately on individual trees. The thick leathery leaves are roughly oval in shape and are glossy dark green in colour.
Bay has been cultivated from ancient times; its leaves constituted the wreaths of laurel that crowned victorious athletes in Ancient Greece. During the Middle Ages bay leaves were used medicinally and in cooking. The bay tree is a popular evergreen shrub suitable for containers or growing in the ground. Kept neatly clipped, the dark-green foliage can create stunning formal shapes that make an entrance or look perfect on a patio. Bay leaves can be used fresh or dried and are used in cooking to give a fragrant flavour to soups, stews and other dishes.
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