Memento Monday: Cork it! 

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. 😬

Me, wearing my new made in Portugal cork crossbody while sightseeing in Lisbon. ☺️

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.

A harvested cork tree

A truck full of newly harvested cork on its way to be processed: boiled, graded, cut, and made into various products.

When in Portugal, check out the cork products and go home with a piece of Portuguese cork. 


About Dee Gilbert

I am one half of a couple who loves to travel; the half who likes to write and share travel experiences. Reading about travelers' experiences inspire me more to see the world. So, I thought, perhaps in my own little way I could inspire others, too. :)
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4 Responses to Memento Monday: Cork it! 

  1. Jessica says:

    Wow, that purse is gorgeous!! I have never seen a cork tree, very cool.

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  2. ralietravels says:

    Very interesting to see the photos of the harvested tree and the tractor load. I was aware they produced cork but have never seen the farms.

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    • Dee Gilbert says:

      The cork tree in the picture is located at Fatima Sanctuary. Our bus passed by several farms. We could see from the road cork trees of various ages. Unfortunately, a cork farm wasn’t part of our itinerary.


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