Friday, August 30, 2013

Cortiça (Cork) - PORTUGAL

Portugal is much more than Fado and Cristiano Ronaldo... Did you know that 50% of all the cork ("Cortiça" in portuguese) produced in the world come from Portugal (and concerning corks for champagne bottles we're talking almost 100%)? It's true, this amazing material (nowadays much famous in other uses like clothes, shoes, wallets and umbrellas) is one of the most important productions in Portugal. Next time you pop a bottle remember this - that cork was harvested in my country! This postcard took 2 days to arrive!
Cork production and harvesting, Alentejo - PORTUGAL
Cork is an impermeable, buoyant material, a prime-subset of bark tissue that is harvested for commercial use primarily from the Cork Oak (Quercus Suber), which is endemic to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. Because of its impermeability, buoyancy, elasticity and fire resistance, Cork is used in a variety of products, the most common of which is for wine stoppers. The montado landscape of Portugal produces approximately 50% of cork harvested annually worldwide.

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