Do Corks Grow On Trees?

This post is less about interesting photos than it is about my compulsion to educate the reader about cork. So, if you are still with me, note that you are looking at a cork tree in a cork grove in Portugal (one of the world’s largest producers of cork.) Then note that there are no corks hanging on this tree. Why? Well, because the cork comes from the bark – it doesn’t grow like an apple or a pear.

In fact the cork comes from the bark of the tree and each tree is stripped every few years and then left to build up a new layer of cork. This tree doesn’t show evidence of a recent harvest but this tree does (click here.)

Fascinating, isn’t it?

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