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Oct 21, 2015 - Cycling through Alentejoi

Alentejo is the largest province in Portugal. It is famous for cork, wine, olive oil and marble. The cork tree, a variety of oak, is native to Portugal and takes 25 years to mature to the stage of being harvested. The first cork, which is the bark of the tree, is not good quality, and the next harvest takes a further 9 years. Owning a cork plantation is a long, long term investment. When a tree is harvested it has a number painted on the trunk to indicate the year in which the harvest took place. For instance the number 3 shows...

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