In Mediterranean kitchens, cooks use traditional wooden tools like these to crush herbs and spices-and blend fresh ingredients for homemade pesto. Our mortar and pestle are handcrafted in a European woodshop from aged olivewood, an exceptionally durable hardwood prized for its rich colors and intricate grain. Handcrafted of solid olivewood, sustainably harvested from Mediterranean groves. Natural color and texture variations in the wood make each piece unique. Set includes mortar and pestle.