versions of the original mortar and pestle are used in kitchens all over
the world to prepare pastes and sauces. They are also used for
grinding herbs and spices. This is an ancient device which was
originally used for grinding grain. The grain was placed in a
shallow depression in a stone, the mortar, and then pounded with a
stone, the pestle.
Marble Mortar and Pestle
The tip of the pestle is unpolished making it
perfect for effectively crushing or grinding spices and herbs. Guacamole
and Pesto are often made in large mortars.
I keep this item sitting out on the counter to use for grinding oregano,
basil or rosemary. I also use it for grinding peppercorns. You can make
herbal salts by adding your favorite herbs to sea salt.
Mexican Volcanic Rock "Molcajete"
Mortar and Pestle
for Pesto using a Mortar & Pestle
on Making Pesto by Hand