Learning to love cork in the Alentejo
For the background to this Alentejo trip, see The Alentejo on a plate . See also Richard's article on the cork empire and the accompanying video on how corks are made. You don’t notice them at first. Quiet hoary smudges on that wide horizon – always there but almost lost in the wideness of it all. It was the violent slash of blood red that caught my eye. A number painted by each one. This, I found out, was a cork tree – Quercus suber – that had recently been harvested. The number indicated the last year the tree had been stripped: ‘9’ = 2009; the bloodier the red, the more recent the harvest. (The...
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