Data: Native to the Mediterranean and to the Near East, where from ancient times the leaves took on special significance. Ancient Greeks made headdresses of laurel leaves to crown winning sportsmen, warriors, and scholars. The name “Poet Laureate,” given to the official national poet of the United Kingdom, derives from this tradition, as does the French word baccalauréat, which describes the multisubject exam taken at the end of secondary schooling. The leaves are widely used as flavoring in cooking.
Principal places of production: Croatia, Turkey, Crete (Greece), Bosnia and Herzegovina
When buying look for: Pale-yellow to pale-green liquid with a sweet, herbaceous, yet camphorous aroma
Dianthus caryophyllus (Plant Family: Caryophyllaceae) Carnation essential oil Carnation, also called grenadine or clove pink, herbaceous plant of the pink, or carnation, family (Caryophyllaceae), native...