South Australia’s warm, temperate climate and good soils ensure we can harvest herbs of exceptional quality.
Fresh Please herbs are plump and full of flavour, available in bunches or convenient travel trays. Our travel trays are packed in Australia to ensure absolute product freshness.
Bay leaves, derived from the Bay Laurel, are one of the most popular culinary leaf-spices in use.
The Bay laurel is a conical shaped, evergreen tree which can grow up to 30 feet in height. The Bay Laurel has beautiful, thick and leathery, dark green leaves which are elliptic shaped. Leaves may be used fresh or dried, dependent on the dish.
Glossy, dark-green bay leaves can be used fresh but are at their best after being allowed to wilt under the shade for few days, this releasing the leaves natural bitterness.
Selecting the best produce
Only buy from authentic sources and avoid leaves with a powerful off-smell. Fresh, quality herbs, will appear as though they have just been picked with plump looking leaves. Look for produce with healthy stems and no signs of yellowing or wilting. Avoid leaves that show any signs of disease, spotting or a fungal infection.
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Harvesting & Packaging
Australia’s warm and temperate climate ensures year round production of quality, pest free, Australian Bay leaves.
Fresh Please Bay leaves are packed into Fresh Please ‘travel friendly’ pre-packs. Pre-packs are available in a range of sizes from 20g upwards dependent on your requirements.
Available all year round.
This Fresh Please dish is simple, light, full of flavour and just perfect for those warmer summer days. The pickled cabbage will keep for a couple of weeks so make a larger amount and add to salads or other main dishes.
Bay leaves are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin B6 and iron, and a good source of folate, dietary fibre, magnesium and zinc.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps neutralise cancer causing free-radicals by working as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in ageing and various diseases. Antioxidants have also been found to boost the immune system and may protect against heart disease, infections, cataracts and degeneration of the eyes macular.
Vitamin B6 is necessary for the proper maintenance of red blood cell metabolism, the nervous system and the immune system. Deficiencies may lead to skin inflammation, depression and anemia.
Iron is an essential component in maintaining our bodies general well being and proper functions. Iron forms part of the protein hemoglobin, responsible for carrying oxygen around the body and is also a part of the protein myoglobin in muscles, making oxygen available for muscle contraction. An iron deficiency can lead to anemia with symptoms ranging from general fatigue, weakness, dizziness, brittle nails and headaches.
Folate is one of eight total B vitamins and is needed for the formation of red and white blood cells in the bone marrow, the conversion of carbohydrates into energy and the production of DNA and RNA.
Adequate folate intake is extremely important during periods of rapid growth such as pregnancy, infancy, and adolescence.
Dietary fibre reduces the transit time of food in your gut, improving gut microflora and helping to lower blood fat levels.
Magnesium assists in your bodies overall well being by maintaining normal muscle and nerve function, is supportive of a healthy immune system and maintains bone strength. Magnesium also assists in regulating blood sugar levels and in maintaining normal blood pressure levels.
Zinc is present in all body tissue and required for healthy cell division. Zinc acts like an antioxidant helping to fight free radical damage and slow the aging process. Zinc also plays a role in managing hormonal balances whereby even a small zinc deficiency can result in infertility or diabetes.