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Cork: Harvest for the Patient Farmer

By RJ Evans, Kuriositas.com

Have you ever wondered where that cork in your bottle of wine comes from?  The answer is most likely to be Spain or Portugal, where over half of the world’s cork is harvested – it is in fact the National Tree of the latter country.

However, unlike other forms of forestry, the production of cork never involves the death of a tree.

Instead, they are gently stripped, leaving a strange but fascinating landscape of denuded trunks.

These photos will show you the harvesting process.

 

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