Mortar and pestle are ancient tools that no modern kitchen should be without. They are handy for everything from cracking peppercorns and crushing tender herbs to making pesto and guacamole. This solid, hand-carved mortar and pestle is hefty and rock hard, its matte surface created friction for grinding but was smooth enough to wipe clean easily, and its heft made crushing a breeze from mashing delicate herbs to grinding stubborn peppercorns. The bowls deeply sloped shape and texture keep ingredients in the centre. The pestle and inside surface of the mortar are smooth, so it will not absorb doors from food. Beautiful appearance and will last a lifetime. Make a wonderful gift.