This wooden mortar is called a “pilon.” It is an important item to my culture because it is used to create our traditional dishes. The pilon is used to prepare spices, mixes, and condiments. It also can be used to grind and crush garlic, plantains, corn, and coffee. It is also perfect for grinding fresh herbs into a herbal paste which is how Puerto Rican sofrito is made. It is also a key tool needed to make Mofongo, a signature Puerto Rican dish of mashed seasoned plantains stuffed with meat.