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Creatures of the Cork Forest

Alentejo cork trees - Portugal

Cork Trees: Soft-Skinned Monarchs of the Mediterranean - via Smithsonian Magazine 28.06.2012 | ...The average specimen of Quercus suber produces about 100 pounds of cork in a stripping, while the very largest tree—named the Whistler Tree, 45 feet tall and a resident of Portugal’s Alentejo region—produced a ton of bark at its last harvest in 2009. It was enough for about 100,000 corks—enough to plug up the entire annual sweet wine production of Chateau d’Yquem... #Portugal

Portugal. Cork harvesting, processing and use 60 years ago. www.takeportugal.com

Cork tree in Alentejo - PORTUGAL. The bright colour of the tree means that the cork (a kind of skin) was taken few months ago, the white number shows the year of the harvest (2012). First year that the tree is available to give a crop is 25 years after being planted, after that is every 9 years. Cork is a 100% sustainable material.

Porto Melhor Destino Europeu 2012 OPorto Best European Destination2012 www.takeportugal.com

Cork - Alentejo, Portugal by ©miguel valle de figueiredo, via Flickr