Bay leaf is a popular spice used in pickling and marinating and to flavour stews, stuffings, and fish.
Bay leaves are delicately fragrant but have a bitter taste. Fresh or dried bay leaves are used in cooking for their distinctive flavour and fragrance.
The leaves should be removed from the cooked food before eating (see Safety section below).
The leaves are often used to flavour soups, stews, braises and pâtés in many countries.