Thursday, July 14, 2011

CA bay ~ 07/14/11 ~ Garland Ranch

I've been on the lookout for the fruit of California bays, ever since last November when Brad at Rooted in California and Christine at Idora Design posted about being able to eat the flesh like an avocado and roasting the nut. Unfortunately, these won't ripen until October or November. Brad followed up with a post of his experience roasting and eating the nut. By far the best video I've seen of how to actually roast the nut is at FeralKevin. Also, the leaves can be used in cooking, but they are pungent compared to the store-bought bay leaves (Laurus nobilis).


Erica Lea said...

You can also place the leaves around to keep ants out of your house. I know how pungent the fresh ones are, but didn't know that about the nuts. You'll have to go back and collect them in the fall:-)

Katie (Nature ID) said...

Oooh, that's a good idea, seeing as how we had a major ant infestation two months ago.