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Laurel, Laurus nobilis, is an aromatic plant widespread in nature throughout the Mediterranean area, where in ancient times it expanded into real forests; today there are signs of this diffusion of the plant in the less arid and warm areas of the Mediterranean, where the Mediterranean scrub gives way to Lauretum, a combination of plants that need a little more humidity than myrtle, rock rose, gorse. Laurels are evergreen trees, which can reach ten meters in height, although they typically tend to produce large stumps, which give rise to large shrubs, which do not exceed 4-6 meters. In Italy they are widespread in all regions, in particular in central and southern Italy; in the remaining regions they are grown in the garden, because they are very rustic and easy to grow, and become part of the group of the most used aromatic plants in the kitchen, together with sage and rosemary. The laurel produces a dense and dense vegetation, has a stem with dark bark, very branched, often also in the lower part, to give rise to a large rounded or elongated shrub; the foliage is evergreen, oval, and dark green, leathery, very aromatic. Laurels are dioecious plants, that is, female and male flowers are carried by different plants; the flowers are small, carried to the axil leaf on the wood of the previous year; in the female specimens, the flowers are followed by the fruits, small berries that turn black when ripe.
The laurus nobilis it is a species of evergreen shrubs or trees belonging to the Lauraceae family. It originates from Asia Minor and the Mediterranean basin and, although quite rustic, it is more widespread in the more temperate areas, up to an altitude of 800 meters. In Italy, therefore, in its spontaneous state, it can be found throughout Southern Italy and is widespread particularly in Sicily where there are completely colonized areas.