Fresh Bay Leaves in Jacksonville!

Fresh Leaves From My Bay Laurel Tree Much Better Than Dried!

Written by Trish Michaels1 Comment

Baby Bay Laurel tree in Jacksonville

Baby Bay Laurel tree growing in Jacksonville edible landscape.


Did you know we can grow our own fresh bay leaves in North Florida?  I didn’t, until I was gifted with this baby Bay Laurel tree.


The fresh leaves are absolutely delicious in beans, soups and rice – nothing like those old, dried-up, store-bought jars of bay leaves.  Can’t wait for tomato season next year to try them in fresh marinara.


I sure hope my little baby tree grows up with me picking all its yummy leaves.

By Trish Michaels

I’ve been gardening organically for 20+ years. I'm mostly vegetarian. I love cooking what I grow and creating recipes to incorporate whole grains, beans and seeds. In my Jacksonville home, I lower my carbon footprint with solar power, rainwater harvesting, composting, waste reduction, etc. I'm eager to do more! I launched Sustainable North Florida in 2012 as a way to donate my digital marketing skills to help promote the many sustainable events and people greening our community - and to connect with other locals who share my passion for protecting natural resources, eating healthy and living green. My vision is a more sustainable community that lovingly supports one another with knowledge and resources. Jacksonville is a great place to call home!

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