What is Cork and Where Does it Come From?
Published: 22nd February 2018
Cork is made from the bark of an oak tree that grows in the areas surrounding the Mediterranean. The small European country of Portugal is the leading grower and producer of cork worldwide. Portugal's cork production has a long, venerable history. Southern Portugal boasts over 5 million acres of oak forests.
The Cork Harvest in Portugal
Published: 12th July 2018
Portuguese cork harvesters are among the highest paid agricultural workers in Europe, and it is a highly skilled endeavor requiring years of experience and training. The harvest normally takes place in early summer. A very low-tech, non invasive and time-consuming method is used for the harvest: