I didn’t know before my Portugal trip that Portugal is a major cork-grower. The country produces half of the world’s commercial cork. No wonder, cork products are everywhere in Portugal. Locals and visitors take their pick from handbags to coasters.Guess which product I fell for? Yes, that’s right! Crossbody bag, of course. When it comes to crossbodies, I’m an easy target. 😬It takes years to harvest quality cork. Twenty five year old trees are harvested every nine years. The first two harvests usually produce low quality cork. When in Portugal, check out the cork products and go home with a piece of Portuguese cork.