Buxus sempervirens, or the common boxwood, is a shrub or small evergreen tree, native to Europe. It grows wild in bushy areas, on hills and in other dry and rocky terrain from the British Isles to the coastlines of the Mediterranean and the Caspian Seas.
The use of boxwood to make kitchen utensils is not accidental, as its wood is very hard, has a fine grain, and an elegant yellowish tone.
It has a homogeneous and non-fibrous structure, which is why it has been used for centuries in cabinetmaking and for delicate turning jobs, as well as in plates for engraving and printing, and for the art of making woodwind instruments.
Boxwood is a very unique wood, it was once called "the ivory of wood" due to its lack of pores. This makes it a very hygienic material, as dirt and other ingredients or products that may come into contact with it, cannot penetrate the surface.
In addition, this allows it to be washed effectively, even in the dishwasher, without being damaged.
Boxwood does not go black over time or due to prolonged use, quite the contrary, it takes on a more yellowish and pleasant hue.
The feel of boxwood is very pleasant, as it has a very soft, fine grain.
Items made of boxwood do not need any type of chemical finish thanks to its natural properties, and this makes it the best type of wood for manufacturing kitchen utensils.
Sustainable and biodegradable.
The wood is treated with olive oil, to protect it and to enhance its colour and grain.