Mezzaluna

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Mezzaluna with a double blade
Triple-blade mezzaluna for meat

A mezzaluna (/ˌmɛtsəˈlnə/; Italian: [ˌmɛddzaˈluːna]) is a knife consisting of one or more[1] curved blade with a handle on each end, which is rocked back and forth chopping the ingredients below with each movement.[2] They most commonly have a single blade, but are sometimes seen with two or three blades.[3][4][5]

It is typically used for mincing herbs or garlic, but it can be used for chopping other things such as cheese or meat.[2] Very large single blade versions are sometimes used for pizza.[1] Common uses in Italy include preparation of a soffritto or a pesto, etc.

Name[edit]

Mezzaluna with a single blade

Mezzaluna means "half moon" in Italian,[6] after the curved shape of the blade,[6] and is the most common name used in the UK. Other names used include herb chopper or hachoir [aʃ.waʁ], which is its French name.

Cutting board[edit]

Mezzalunas may be found sold with a cutting board that has a shallow indentation in it,[2] marketed as a herb chopper.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wiener, Scott (December 8, 2012). "A Brief History of the Pizza Slicer". Serious Eats. Scott's Pizza Chronicles. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "What is a Mezzaluna?". wiseGEEK. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  3. ^ McGee, Harold (2010-10-26). Keys to Good Cooking. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 9780385671309. 
  4. ^ Willan, Anne (1989-09-17). La Varenne Pratique: Part 4, Baking, Preserving & Desserts. BookBaby. ISBN 9780991134632. 
  5. ^ Hesser, Amanda (2002). "TEST KITCHEN; A Half Moon That Brightens Kitchen Labors". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-09. 
  6. ^ a b Schweitzer, Lisa. "Kitchen Tool: Mezzaluna Picks". Food Republic. Gadget of the week. Retrieved 2013-09-13.