art The cork trees of the Alentejo region of Portugal remind me quite a bit of what we call scrub oak trees.

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Cork Trees of the Alentejo, Portugal

Cork Trees of the Alentejo region of Portugal have their bark harvested about every 10 years after an initial 25 to 35 year growing period. The harvest occurs in the summer months. The trees are a deep orange-red color where the bark has been removed which gives the trunks an interesting contrast with dry land and the green leaves. Trucks are loaded with enormous loads and taken away for storage. There are numerous web sites that can tell you much more about cork farming and cork forests. I was fascinated particularly when I think that someday I may remove a cork from a bottle of wine that came from one of the piles of cork bark that I saw piled in those old trucks. Portugal cork forests account for more than half of the world's cork production.

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