Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cork Trees

These cork trees are from the Napa Valley area of California.

Cork trees are a renewable resource in that they live anywhere from 150 to 250 years. Their bark or cork can be harvested every 10 to 12 years. Over 50% of the world's cork for the wine industry comes from Portugal, with the rest from Spain, Italy, France and some from Africa.

From a distance the bark looks like bark, but up close it looks almost spongy. Interesting tree.

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