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The Spoon: A Quick History & Guide

The Spoon: A Quick History & Guide

The Spoon, a simple and effective utensil used at nearly every meal. But where did it come from and how many varieties of spoons are out there in the world? Read our quick guide to find out.

Origins of the spoon:
  • The spoon, from the Anglo Saxon term spon meaning “to chip” was the first eating utensil, a shape made with a small oval-shaped bowl at one end of a handle.
  • By the Neolithic era, pottery was a known craft and scoop shaped utensils were made of clay.
  • The Egyptians crafted spoons in antiquity from assorted materials, such as cowrie shells mounted on stems of stone or wood, carved from ivory, cast in metal, or made with wood splinters. Occasionally, Egyptian spoons were made with a tine at the end of the bowl, a utensil used possibly to extract meat from the shells of snails and seafood.

Spoons are used to sip, stir and sup. How many of these fourteen currently popular types do you know?

  • Iced beverage spoon
  • Oval soup spoon
  • Dessert spoon
  • Place spoon
  • Cream soup spoon
  • Teaspoon
  • High tea spoon (5 o’clock spoon)
  • Ice cream spoon
  • Citrus spoon
  • Bouillon spoon
  • After dinner coffee spoon
  • Chocolate spoon
  • Demitasse spoon and salt spoon

How much do you know about spoon anatomy? Here is some great information:A spoon is a utensil consisting of a handle and a hollow part used to eat liquid or semisolid foods.

  • Tip or Brim; Rounded end of the bowl.
  • Back; Outer curved part of the bowl.
  • Bowl; Hollow part of the spoon at the end of the handle.
  • Neck; Part where the utensil widens
  • Handle; Part used to pick up and handle the spoon
  • Inside; Concave part of the bowl.
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