Bay Leaf (laurel leaf, dafinov list) is another spice that you would often find in Bulgarian cuisine.
Bay leaf is herbal, slightly floral, and somewhat similar to oregano and thyme in taste. As with many spices and flavorings, the fragrance of the bay leaf is more noticeable than its taste.
Bay leaf goes well with spicy dishes – beef, fish, game, etc. It is also used a lot in Bulgaria in preparing pickled vegetables, in stews and soups. Combines best with garlic, onion, vinegar, juniper, allspice, wine, root soup.
Among the mineral substances contained in the bay leaf are manganese, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, sodium and zinc.