A Japanese Suribachi is a earthenware mortar with a clay serrated interior surface. Almost every Japanese kitchen is equipped with a suribachi and surikogi (wooden pestle) for grinding seeds and herbs or puréeing. Suribachi are most widely popular for grinding sesame seeds and salt to make fresh gomashio (sesame salt).
Traditional Wooden Pestle
This traditionally-crafted Japanese wooden pestle is the accompaniment to the suribachi listed above. Wood is the ideal material to match your earthenware suribachi, as it is a natural substance and will not scratch the surface of the serrated mortar. Made with Japanese Magnolia.