Cork flooring and wine corks are created using the bark of the Cork Oak tree. The tree isn’t cut down. The bark is harvested & begins to regenerate quickly to be harvested every 7 years. The Cork Oak isn’t harmed & is therefore a sustainable resource.

Cork oak

Evergreen tree up to 26m tall. Bark deeply fissured and corky, up to 15cm thick in places. Leaves weakly lobed with a slight point at the tip, up to 4cm long. Each tree has male and female flowers (monoecious). Acorns solitary or paired and are deeply cupped by the upper scales. Pollinated by wind.

Nathan explains the importance and incredible properties of cork oak.

Facts

This is one of the few trees able to regenerate their bark. Cork is a kind of bark where the dead cells are waterproofed by a wax called suberin. Most trees produce some cork but the cork oak produces lots!

One cubic centimetre of cork contains 40 million air cells. It is warm to the touch, durable, light, bouncy, chemically inert, and the suction-cup effe… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

10 thoughts on “Cork flooring and wine corks are created using the bark of the Cork Oak tree. The tree isn’t cut down. The bark is harvested & begins to regenerate quickly to be harvested every 7 years. The Cork Oak isn’t harmed & is therefore a sustainable resource.”

  1. TradeApe

    It also beats teak decks on boats in every way. Lasts a long time, doesn’t get hot in the sun compared to wood and it’s easier to fit. Anyone up for a teak deck replacement should look into cork.

  2. Ritz527

    Another fun fact, nearly all trees have cork bark as a protective layer around them. The Cork Oak simply has it in incredible excess as a protection against forest fires. Cork is naturally fire-resistant.

  3. _bigfish

    And the best ham in the world is jamon de bellota (acorn ham). It comes from letting special breed of black footed pigs free range in the cork oak forests and the pigs engorge themselves on the acorn.

    The oil in the acorn permeates the pigs, causing the melting temperature of the pig fat to be almost room temperature.

    After packing the ham in salt for 10 days, the ham is hung for two years, causing perfection to occur. Once you go bellota, you never go back.

    The cost of the ham is about $1200 US for back leg.

    Plot twist. Due to the introduction of cork alternatives, cork oak forests are being deforested, causing Jamon de bellota to becoming a lost food item.

  4. BrianHangsWanton

    Yup there are cork forests in Sardinia, they’re pretty cool

  5. crispydukes

    Yup! That’s why cork wine corks are better than plastic!

  6. caravaggihoe

    And around half of the worlds supply of cork comes from Portugal

  7. Calichusetts

    I believe a custom of North Africa is to plant a cork oak when your born then you get to harvest a few times growing up.

  8. Bortaman

    My wife started a company that made backpacks from cork three years ago. They were awesome. Cork laced fabric have a very nice almost leathery to the touch feeling.

    Unfortunately it’s hard to start a business and 2020 didn’t help so she had to shut it down.

  9. UnwashedApple

    But who is the cork soaker?

  10. Fuhged_daboud_it

    I just got Baader-Meinhofed. On Saturday, I first learned about this and now here I am, seeing it again.

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