Laurel. It is an evergreen shrub with deep green, leathery aromatic leaves that are used in cooking to flavor food. It grows alone in the Greek countryside but we can plant it in the garden or in a pot on the balcony. It has white or yellow-green flowers that appear from April to May and gives characteristic black fruits, with an oval shape and the size of a small olive tree. In ancient times, laurel was a sacred tree, dedicated to the god Apollo and symbolized supremacy, which is why the winners of sports competitions were crowned with laurel branches. After all, Pythia, the priestess of the oracle of Delphi, chewed laurel leaves and gave her famous oracles.