When a recipe calls for chopped herbs, consider grinding instead. Using a mortar and pestle to prepare the herbs will release their maximum flavor into your cooking. This tool is also useful for preparing herbal ointments or incense. We recommend using one set in the kitchen, and another for any non-edible applications. Carved vines and leaves form a wide border around the bowl of this unusual mortar. It stands 3" high, with a bowl 4" across.