Did you know that storing bay leaves in the cupboard can keep meal moths away? In this video, you’ll learn all about the leaves of the bay laurel tree. Fresh or dried, bay leaves are an essential part of Mediterranean cooking, adding a savory flavor to soups, stews, sauces, and meat dishes. Remove bay leaves before serving, though, because they’re tough and a little bitter. Watch the video, then see our complete collection of recipes with bay leaves.