Probably bay leaf is the most familiar and popular spice from the childhood. It can be found in the first and second courses. It is used in cooking of sauces, jellied meat or fish, homemade sausages and pickling. Housekeepers use a bay leaf for vegetable canning at home.
The official name of bay tree is Laurus nobilis. It is an evergreen tree or high bush with the thick crown. Laurel was saved from the ancient times. In the ancient world heroes and winners were rewarded with laurel chaplets. In the natural environment Laurus nobilis lives a few hundred years. Today laurel is grown mainly on plantation where its life term is an average 60 years.