Portugal - JoeDanielPrice

Dirt Path, Alentejo, Portugal - These are cork oak trees (Quercus suber), you can see how they've taken off the bark halfway down the tree. They make wonderful things with the cork in Portugal, such as bags, shoes, purses, necklaces etc, not just for wine bottle stoppers! Over time the cork layer of bark develops thickness and can be harvested every seven to ten years. Only the bark is collected, and a new layer regrows, the harvesting of cork does not harm the tree at all. Portugal accounts for around 50% of the world cork harvest.

Dirt Path, Alentejo, Portugal - These are cork oak trees (Quercus suber), you can see how they've taken off the bark halfway down the tree. They make wonderful things with the cork in Portugal, such as bags, shoes, purses, necklaces etc, not just for wine bottle stoppers! Over time the cork layer of bark develops thickness and can be harvested every seven to ten years. Only the bark is collected, and a new layer regrows, the harvesting of cork does not harm the tree at all. Portugal accounts for around 50% of the world cork harvest.

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