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These look like bay leaves. Why don't you go for a smell test? Take a few leaves in your hand, crush it and smell them. It should have some hints of floral flavour.


There are a number of different bay leaves, and the description and picture are consistent with what I've seen called "West Indian" bay leaf. Regarding price, bay leaves are absurdly expensive at retail... Buying from a local restaurant supplier near me, dried whole bay leaves around $11 a pound and those are not locally grown or processed, just wholesalers....


Going by your guesses, I found the following names on Wikipedia (all for the same plant): sponge gourd, Egyptian cucumber, Vietnamese luffa, dishrag gourd, rag gourd, vegetable-sponge or smooth luffa. Its Latin names are Cucurbita luffa, Luffa cylindrica, Luffa aegyptica, Luffa aegyptiaca, Luffa pentandra, Momordica cylindrica. or Momordica luffa. I am not ...

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