Bay Leaves

Bay Leaves – Photo and Description from Vegan Venue

Bay Leaves are a vegan pantry seasoning ingredient that we use mainly in soups.

Bay Leaves

Bay Leaves

Bay leaves are the officially accepted seasoning name for laurel leaves, which are the dried leaves of the Laurus nobilis, an evergreen leaf tree that can grow to heights of 25 feet. The elliptically shaped leaves are light green in color and brittle when dried. Even when cooked in a recipe, these leaves can still be quite hard with shark edges where broken, and caution should be taken to remove them so that they will not be eaten. They have a distinctively strong, aromatic, spicy flavor. We use bay leaves mostly in soups. A bit of history: the wreaths worn by Olympic champions were made of laurel leaves. See the nutritional chart below.

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Bay leaf

Scientific Name: Laurus nobilis

NDB No: 02004

Nutrient Units Value per
100 grams of
edible portion
Number
of Data
Points
Std.
Error
1.00 X 1 tbsp, crumbled
——-
1.8g
Proximates
Water
g
5.44
23
0.254
0.10
Energy
kcal
313
0
0
6
Energy
kj
1312
0
0
24
Protein
g
7.61
6
0.426
0.14
Total lipid (fat)
g
8.36
6
0.262
0.15
Ash
g
3.62
24
0.089
0.07
Carbohydrate, by difference
g
74.97
0
0
1.35
Fiber, total dietary
g
26.3
0
0
0.5
Minerals
Calcium, Ca
mg
834
4
168.952
15
Iron, Fe
mg
43.00
4
17.353
0.77
Magnesium, Mg
mg
120
3
20.817
2
Phosphorus, P
mg
113
3
8.819
2
Potassium, K
mg
529
5
60.093
10
Sodium, Na
mg
23
4
1.548
0
Zinc, Zn
mg
3.70
3
0.625
0.07
Copper, Cu
mg
0.416
0
0
0.007
Manganese, Mn
mg
8.167
0
0
0.147
Selenium, Se
mcg
2.8
0
0
0.1
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
mg
46.5
1
0
0.8
Thiamin
mg
0.009
1
0
0.000
Riboflavin
mg
0.421
1
0
0.008
Niacin
mg
2.005
1
0
0.036
Vitamin B-6
mg
1.740
2
0
0.031
Folate, total
mcg
180
0
0
3
Folic acid
mcg
0
0
0
0
Folate, food
mcg
180
0
0
3
Folate, DFE
mcg_DFE
180
0
0
3
Vitamin B-12
mcg
0.00
0
0
0.00
Vitamin A, IU
IU
6185
1
0
111
Vitamin A, RAE
mcg_RAE
309
1
0
6
Retinol
mcg
0
0
0
0
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated
g
2.280
0
0
0.041
4:0
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
6:0
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
8:0
g
0.010
1
0
0.000
10:0
g
0.010
1
0
0.000
12:0
g
0.530
1
0
0.010
14:0
g
0.210
1
0
0.004
16:0
g
1.270
1
0
0.023
18:0
g
0.160
0
0
0.003
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated
g
1.640
0
0
0.030
16:1 undifferentiated
g
0.140
1
0
0.003
18:1 undifferentiated
g
1.500
1
0
0.027
20:1
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
22:1 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated
g
2.290
0
0
0.041
18:2 undifferentiated
g
1.240
1
0
0.022
18:3 undifferentiated
g
1.050
1
0
0.019
18:4
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
20:4 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
20:5 n-3
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
22:5 n-3
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
22:6 n-3
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
Cholesterol
mg
0
0
0
0
Other
Alcohol, ethyl
g
0.0
0
0
0.0

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 17 (2004)

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