The Chistera Braiser takes its name from the popular sport played in the gastronomically renowned Basque region. The nodules on the underneath of the lid are shaped like the racket used in Chistera. During cooking, these nodules collect moisture that drips back evenly into the food, giving a deliciously, succulent result. Staub's innovative enamel coating takes cast-iron cooking to the next level with improved performance, style and durability. Ideal for braising and slow-cooking, this versatile pan transitions seamlessly from the oven to the table for a most-attractive presentation. Heavyweight enameled cast iron transfers and retains heat evenly. Resistant to rust, chipping and cracking, the coating requires no additional seasoning like some other cast-iron pieces. The specially formulated black matte interior enamel of each piece contains traces of quartz, giving it additional heat resistance and a rougher surface that results in better browning. Dishwasher safe. But hand wash is recommended Handmade in France.