The spoon in Tagalog is called “kutsara,” which came from the Spanish word “cuchara.” Aside from being the partner of the fork in eating, the spoon is used for mixing, measuring, and preparing food. Large spoons are called tablespoons, which are also used for serving. Small spoons are called teaspoons (kutsarita), which are usually used for mixing coffee or tea.
No one knows exactly about the origin of spoons, although there were various versions. The earliest spoons were said to be made of bones and appeared in China during the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC). Early bronze spoons in China were known to have a sharp point but were also used in food preparation.
On the other hand, archaeologists found the first spoons used by ancient Egyptians, dating back to 1,000 BC. These primitive utensils were made of flint, ivory, and wood, carried religious symbols, and strictly owned by priests and Pharaohs. Meanwhile, ancient Greeks and Romans, particularly wealthy people, used bronze and silver spoons.
During the early Middle Ages, silver and pewter spoons replaced wooden ones around the 11th century. But interestingly, the first mention of the spoon in England was in 1259, when it became a part of King Edward I’s wardrobe accounts. At that time, spoons were not only used for eating and serving food but also as a symbol of power and wealth.
Historically, there were several types of spoons that are now considered collector’s items. Probably the most famous spoons are the Apostle Spoons, which originated in Europe sometime in 1493. Made in sets of 12 or 13, each spoon depicts an image of one of the 12 apostles. The thirteenth spoon is often called the Master spoon, which shows an image of Jesus Christ.
Today, there are at least 50 types of spoons depending on their uses. For eating, we have the caviar spoon, coffee spoon (smaller than a teaspoon), dessert spoon, fruit spoon, and iced tea spoon, among others. For cooking or serving food, this includes the bar spoon (similar to a teaspoon), caddy spoon, cheese scoop spoon, mote spoon, mustard spoon, and slotted spoon.
In the Philippines, spoons are more popular than forks and knives on dining tables at homes and in restaurants. Yet, a lot of Filipinos still prefer using the “kamayan” style (using bare hands) when eating. Although some foreigners might find this traditional way of eating unsanitary, it creates bonds and breaks boundaries. Nevertheless, disposable, plastic spoons are mostly used in children’s parties.
Use kutsara in a sentence.
Huwag mo na ako bigyan ng kutsara. Mas gusto ko kumain nang nakakamay.
Don’t give me a spoon. I prefer eating using my hands.