A large range y of olive wood items is offered, such as spoons and forks, ladles and spatulas, skimmers, cutting, chopping and cheese serving boards, mortars and pestles, bowls, vases, coasters, dishes, etc. in various shapes and colors for various uses, with ARTISTIC EXOTIC DECORATIONS!

Olive wood is ideal for food preparation as the natural oil content of olive wood kills bacteria. It is therefore more hygienic than other wood or plastic products.

Degenerated, aged, fruitless olive trees are used to produce Tunisian olive wood products. Due to its nature, olive wood and the process of each article is unique and can differ in form, size and grain. Olive wood is hard, heavy and strong with a high overall density. It has a straight grain with a fine texture. Thanks to its appearance and rich color, olive wood is a material used for decorative objects.

Wood contains brown streaks that contrast nicely with the pale yellow streaks of the sapwood. Olive wood is used because it is easier to carve than other woods and could be done accurately with simple hand tools. Also, it has a diverse variety of natural color and tonal depth, due to the annual structure. It is also resistant to decay and receptive to a number of surfacing treatments.

The process of producing an olive wood craft requires labor intensity and consists of many stages, often involving the work of multiple artisans. A skilled artisan transforms the rough outline into a finished product by chiseling the details. Finally, the finished item must be sanded down and polished, then coated with olive wax to give the object a “natural shine” and ensure its longevity. Depending on what the particular product is, the process could take up to 45 days. Most professional artisans almost go through 6 years of training to reach the quality Tunisiadecor is offering you today!

Talking for example about mortars and pestles, they were traditionally used in pharmacies to crush various ingredients prior to preparing an extemporaneous prescription. Scientists have found ancient mortars and pestles that date back to approximately 35,000 B.C. Mortars are also used in cooking to prepare ingredients such as guacamole, gazpacho and pesto (which derives its name from the pestle pounding), as well as grinding spices into powder. The molcajete, a version used by pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican cultures including the Aztec and Maya, stretching back several thousand years, is made of basalt and is used widely in Mexican cooking.

Other Native American nations use mortars carved into the bedrock to grind acorns and other nuts. Many such depressions can be found in their territories. In Japan, very large mortars are used with wooden mallets to prepare mochi, whereas granite mortars and pestles are used in Southeast Asia, as well as Pakistan and India where it is used extensively to make spice mixtures for various delicacies as well as day to day dishes.

In Tunisia, mortars and pestles are also made of brass mainly to crush spices and vegetables, such as the famous Slata Mechwiya (grilled salad). Little by little olive wood mortars and pestles were added due to their hardness, resistance and hygienic characteristics.

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