By Christian Smith, August 6, 2021

The cork harvest takes place every year from May to August, and the below pictures were taken earlier this week in Coruche, Ribatejo regionPortugal. A cork oak tree is only harvested once it has fully matured – a process that takes 25 years. Each tree is then harvested every nine years, giving a chance for the bark to grow back thick enough to make usable cork.