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The two plants cross-pollinate easily, but anise hyssop smells like licorice while Korean mint instead smells of mint. Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), related to anise hyssop, has aromatic, mintlike, slightly bitter leaves and lovely flowers, usually dark blue but sometimes pink or white, that make a beautiful garnish. The spiky, narrow leaves may be used as an alternative to sage and added to bouquet garni, a bundle of herbs used to season soups, stews, and braises. Hyssop’s pungent, peppery flavor goes best with robust dishes such as potato or bean soup and beef, veal, or chicken stew.

Bay leaf: a) dried; b) fresh 5b. california bay leaf BAY LEAF AND CALIFORNIA BAY LEAF Other Names: Bay leaf: Bay laurel; cooking bay; dafni (Greek); defne (Turkish); Greek laurel; laural (Spanish); laurel; laurier or laurier noble (French); lauro (Italian); llor (Catalan); louro (Portuguese); Mediterranean bay leaf; poet’s laurel; rand or waraq ghaar (Arabic); sweet bay; Turkish bay leaf; victor’s laurel. California bay leaf: California laurel; Oregon myrtle; pepperwood. General Description: Bay leaves come from the ancient Mediterranean bay laurel tree (Laurus nobilis) and are one of the most widely used culinary herbs in Europe and North America.

Lavender originated in the western Mediterranean and is grown commercially for lavender oil in France, Hungary, and Bulgaria.

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