Herb of 2009: Sweet Bay/Bay Laurel/Bay Leaf

Herb of 2009

Herb of 2009

Happy New Year!

In with the New Year comes the “Herb of the Year”…

The “Herb of the Year” for 2009 is Sweet Bay also referred to as Bay Laurel, and often referred to as Bay Leaf (Laurus nobilius).

First, a bit about the designation “Herb of the Year”:

The International Herb Association (IHA) designates the Herb of the Year. IHA began selecting the Herb of the Year in 1995.

International Herb Association designations for the “Herb of the Year”:

1995 – Fennel
1996 – Monarda (bee balm)
1997 – Thyme
1998 – Mint
1999 – Lavender (genus Lavandula)
2000 – Rosemary (genus Rosemarinus)
2001 – Sage (genus Salvia)
2002 – Echinacea (genus Echinacea)
2003 – Basil (genus Ocimum)
2004 – Garlic (species Allium sativum)
2005 – Oregano/marjoram (genus Origanum)
2006 – Scented geraniums (genus Pelargonium)
2007 – Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
2008 – Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
2009 – Sweet Bay/Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
2010 – Dill (Anethum graveolens)

For more information on the 2009 Herb of the Year Sweet Bay, Bay Laurel/Bay Leaf, click on this link:

Click here for a downloadable factsheet (PDF), courtesy of the Herb Society of America

All best wishes for a Happy-Healthy-Herby 2009!