This is really interesting, thank you!We had a large amount of Laurus Nobilis removed from our garden and I kept behind a large bucket of chippings with a view to burning it on a BBQ to add flavour to the food. I have been concerned about the potential dangers though which is why I ended up here. What do you think - would you avoid burning it under food?
What can I personally tell you Mark that is derived from practical experience? Nothing! What I can tell you is that from what I've obtained in the literature, there isn't much danger associated to combustion of Laurus nobilis as far as I know, but exaggeration can be an issue. Even when there is no known danger linked to something, I always try to follow the basic rule of common sense, thus giving it a try with a few chippings and see how that operates on both flavour and your system. But all this is anecdotical and you will make it empirical on your own expenses. Just be sure that what you are burning is actually L. nobilis rather than Prunus or Camphor as mentioned in the post. Personally, I am not a big fan of eating the direct products of a combustion, as you'd be ingesting the burned metabolites of volatile compounds, I'd rather prepare an infusion with the leaves and spray the meat or veg with it. I wouldn't be too happy eating secondary products of organic volatile compounds. Whatever you decide to do just report back to us so we can learn from your experience, but mind your safety first. Cheers and thanks for visiting the blog.