Aromatic and slightly sour/astringent, but quite weak. According to
Indonesian cookbooks, the leaves should develop more flavour after
short frying; however, I cannot confirm the procedure to increase
the flavour Salam is a deciduous tropical tree with spreading
branches and simple leaves, originally from Indonesia; it is also
growing abundantly in Suriname.
Indonesian bay leaf can reach a height of 90 feet although 60 feet
is more common.
The flowers are pink and somewhat fragrant while the fruits are
round; red at first, later brown.
The seeds are small and brown and edible.
The dried brown leaves of daun salam are aromatic and somewhat sour;
used as a spice in the Indonesiasignificantly. Medicine: Leaf and
bark extracts are used medicinally against diarrhoea. Pounded
leaves, bark and roots are applied as poultices against itches.