A reader asked about the curved herb cutter that I mentioned in my previous post, “Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme.”

It’s called a French Messaluna Herb and Vegetable Chopper.

The curved steel blade has wooden handles on each end to allow for the fresh garden herbs to be quickly and efficiently chopped. I don’t own one but wish I did. It’s available from as well as Sur la Table and Williams-Sonoma and other sources. Check online. Prices range from $30 to $70-$100 and up.

This antique Mezzaluna or demi-lune, meaning “half moon,” was found in the south of France.


Just short of fifty years of holy matrimony, I am blessed to be a mother of two and grandmother of seven. Much of my writing speaks to the culture and tradition of the Deep South, where I spent the first thirty-five years of my life before relocating to the Pacific Northwest. As a poet and essayist, I’ve published both online and in print media. In mid-February 2019, I launched Roses in the Rain: A Daughter's Story, following a successful couple years of Invitation to the Garden, both on Watch for upcoming installments to the memoir blog every Tuesday. The garden posts follow on Friday/Saturday. I look forward to hearing from you all!

7 thoughts on “Mezzaluna”

  1. I have one of those curved blade things for cutting herbs…..someone gave it to me for Christmas one year in one of those $20 gift exchange things so I don’t know where it was from. The handle is on the back, and it rests on a small cutting board with the word Herbs on it. Not much use to me, as I don’t grow herbs, but useful for cutting onions finely. The blade is so sharp, (like a box-cutter) that you could also use it as a weapon if someone broke into your house!

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      1. God, no I wouldn’t use it – it’s so sharp like a boxcutter that it made me nervous just handling it, so when I did the kitchen reno I packed it away with excess kitchen stuff I didn’t put back in the new cupboards – it’s down in the basement somewhere. I always remember with 911 some of the terrorists used box cutters as weapons on the planes, so when I was still working and occasionally had to use a box cutter to unpack a critical drug shipment we were waiting on, I would think of how it would be useful if we had a robbery! Sadly, a few years later narcotic robberies became more common, but never on my shift. At one of the stores here a few years ago, robbers made all the employees lie on the floor with guns pointed at them, while they emptied the narcotic safe. So glad I’m now retired, especially now with Ontario implementing COVID testing in pharmacies.

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