The Herbalist's Mortar and Pestle

First up, let's get the names of the two pieces clear. There are two pieces to the toolset we call mortar and pestle: mortaris the bowl and the club-like tool is called a pestle. The word for the savoury, herby green sauce known as Pesto, comes from the pestle that was originally used to make that delicious sauce.

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Spring Greens

The gardener to King James II advised that there should be at least thirty-five ingredients in an ordinary salad. The leaves, flowers, roots, and stems of all fresh cultivated or wild herbs may be used in salads.

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