The mortar and pestle is an ancient tool that’s been around for millennia, with the earliest ones found dating to 35,000 BC. Handy and convenient to use, they also add a touch of dramatic flair to any kitchen décor. They’re great for cracking spices and peppercorns grinding aromatic roots, crushing tender herbs for pesto and pastes and even for crushing medications for pets and humans alike. If you’re using an electric spice grinder or food processor, you may be missing out on the finer and more subtle flavors that emerge in the hand-grinding process.
These come in a number of different shapes and are made out of Ironwood or Stinkwood.