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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

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.

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

The world’s largest cork tree is The Whistler Tree (so named because of the songbirds which occupy its huge canopy) and is located in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The tree is 230+ years old, and has been producing corks since 1820.

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

Wonderful vídeo about one of the most phantastic regions in Portugal : the Alentejo! Novo filme "Alentejo Tempo para ser Feliz"! | New video "Alentejo, time to be happy" #Portugal

World Heritage Portugal - National Geographic | An amazing video about Portugal's world heritage! www.takeportugal.com

Pedras Salgadas eco-resort. Looking for a different holiday? www.takeportugal.com

Fort of Saint John. Berlenga Island. Portugal. www.takeportugal.com