These useful little scoops are made from natural gourds that have been grown on a vine, dried, then cut open. The edges have then been sanded smooth. Gourds (sometimes called calabaches) have been used as scoops, containers, musical instruments, bird houses and more, for thousands of years. The ones pictured here can be used as matcha tea scoops, sugar scoops, rice scoops etc.
“Gourds include the fruits of some flowering plant species in the family Cucurbitaceae, particularly Cucurbita and Lagenaria. The term refers to a number of species and subspecies, many with hard shells, and some without.
“One of the earliest domesticated types of plants, subspecies of the bottle gourd, Lagenaria siceraria, have been discovered in archaeological sites dating from as early as 13,000 BCE. Gourds have had numerous uses throughout history, including as tools, musical instruments, objects of art, film, and food.” [Wikipedia]