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Bay leaves, known also as laurel, are what Ancient Emperors and Poet Laureates wore as crowns. (Sometimes they were gilden in gold, as in the case of the emperors, but the leaves you see adorning the heads of regal ancient statues are not from the olive tree; they are laurel. The laurel leaves were a symbol of wisdom in the ancient world, as myth has it Daphne transformed herself into a laurel bush in order to stay off the advances of Apollo who desired her. A couple leaves in a soup or stew would also be a wise choice. Bay leaves: