Quercus suber and wrong beliefs

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We’ve invited our friends for dinner, there has been a lot of talking and laughing,and great food, of course,and as it has to be with good food,my husband has served some good vine .I don’t remember the vine, nor the food any more, I do not remember what the talk has been about ,but I do remember the vine stopper I’ve seen then  for the first time-a plastic one.And I remember at that point we all have agreed plastic bottle stoppers are practical,cheaper and we’ve been sure about this one-ecological,saving cork trees .For to be honest,cork tree has looked as an exotic tree growing at the edge of extinction who knows where.So we’ve all been a bit proud about drinking vine with plastic stoppers,saving our planet-I must admit there havent been enough bottles to save the planet, but you must know this good feeling about being ecological…….Well, it was a completely wrong belief we ‘ve shared about saving cork trees-for the true is quiet opposite-more cork do you use,more is done for the preservation of cork trees.Which, by the way are far from exotic plants from the middle of nowhere!

Quercus suber, called the cork oak is a sort of oak, growing in  Mediterranean region for centuries-at least, for one tree lives more than 200 years!

Here is what WWF says( with kind permission, from:http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/cork_oak/ ):

Cork forests – home to endangered species such as the Iberian lynx and Iberian imperial eagle – have been protected and valued due to the centuries old demand for cork in the wine industry. But the increasingly popular use of alternative stoppers threatens this environmentally and economically sustainable industry and leaves cork forests unprotected.Cork oak forests are found in landscapes which cover nearly 2.7 million hectares of Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia, and France.The harvesting of cork oak offers one of the finest examples of traditional, sustainable land use. However, this landscape faces many problems which threaten the future livelihoods of thousands of people and the very existence of numerous rare and endemic species.

 How you can help

  • Choose wine which uses cork stoppers rather than screw top or plastic stoppers. Here are the wineries that are part of WWF’s Cork Initiative or look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificationon wine labels.
  • If you are a wine producer, join the Cork Initiative and help preserve a unique natural and cultural heritage.
  • Spread the word! Click on the button to share this information with others via email or your favourite social networking service.Bookmark and Share
  • Graphic of a cork stopper as the stem of a tree. / ©: WWF
    As you pop open champagne and wine bottles to celebrate the holidays, WWF asks you to toast cork – a toast to the rich history, health, wealth, diversity and future of the Mediterranean

15 thoughts on “Quercus suber and wrong beliefs

  1. I do want to point out that cork is more sustainable than plastic, and yes, that includes cork flooring. Just remember that plastic takes forever to decompose, and is created out of oil. The screw tops often end up in the ocean for some reason and can be a danger to wildlife (of course, I am thinking cork tops probably do too…) Plus, I’m sorry, I’ve never met a screw top wine that was drinkable…and I am not, by any stretch of imagination or knowledge, a wine connoisseur! That has just been my experience. 🙂

    Really enjoyable post, btw!!


    1. Dear Nancy, you are absolutely right about the sustainability of cork! Which surprised me was a cork made of plastic, so to say a fake cork and not a screw top! For I have to agree with you again, screw top wine is usually a shame for the grape 😉


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