not eating the bay leaf- why?

I’ve always heard that you are to not eat the bay leaf in dishes. Why, does it make you sick or something?

28 Answers

  • PDXpat Dec 6, 2021

    No, but it’s not digestible. It will pass through mostly unchanged. And it tastes pretty strong.

    • ESNY Dec 6, 2021

      not to mention it could easily get stuck in your throat. even after cooked for a while, its is still pretty tough.

      • SarahEats Dec 6, 2021

        Just thinking about a bay leaf stuck in my throat made me gag!

    • ballulah Dec 6, 2021

      Not sure about the sick part, but bay leaves are very tough, and no amount of cooking softens them up, they’re just unpleasant in the mouth. Their flavor is also very concentrated, and a whole leaf in your mouth doesn’t actually taste so good. Old Bay Seasoning uses ground bay leaf, so it can’t make you sick.

      • carswell Dec 6, 2021

        Was once told that the pointy edges can wreak havoc on the lining of the digestive system, a bit like eating glass.

        • thegolferbitch Dec 6, 2021

          I heard this too. The larger leaves can be quite needle-y in their spines. I don’t know if this is enough to perforate the gut, but I wouldn’t want to risk whatever pain that bay-leaf puncture might cause

          • Babette Dec 6, 2021

            I was taught it can perforate the stomach, apparently this can be quite serious.

          • marlie202 Dec 6, 2021

            I thought they were poisonous

            • Das Ubergeek Dec 7, 2021

              You’d hardly use them in cooking then…!

            • AnneM Dec 6, 2021

              It’s like chewing on something woody. Very tough.

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