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Creatures of the Cork Forest

spring meadow with a cork tree in the background, Alentejo, 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.

Alentejo cork trees - Portugal. This reminds me of pictures in the book Ferdinand!

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 each 9 years.

~Sunset Forest Path, Suffolk, England~

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

Prazeres 28 - An actual size cork tram. An installation by visual artist Nuno Vasa via Art Institute #portugal

Pasteis de Belem - OOOOO SOOOO GOOD!!! See how they are made - Lisbon, Portugal

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.