Cork oak trees can live more than two centuries and start produce cork at around 25 years. Every nine years the bark is extracted and cork is used for several applications. Cork oak is a native tree species in Portugal and is responsible for a typical Portuguese landscape known as montado. Cork oak montados are in general managed as an agro-forestry system and its an ecosystem with many wildlife characteristic species.
The Portugal Web Product Catalogue has been just released. This Catalogue is in PDF format and was made aiming that Portugal Web costumers will have another option to know more about its products. In this catalogue you will find a selection of around 70 products divided in two main areas: equestrian and embroidery. All the products in this catalogue are made in Portugal.
As Portugal has a long equestrian tradition, Portuguese saddles have an ancient origin. As elsewhere, in Portugal the saddles have evolved over the time having in mind what have been consider the main priorities from equestrian activities, moving from a military purpose to the modern sports. Although there several Portuguese saddle models the traditional Portuguese saddle is certainly the best known both internationally and in Portugal. We can establish a parallelism between the Lusitano horse and the Portuguese saddle. In Portugal there are many horse breeds from many countries coexisting with the Portuguese horse breeds. However the Lusitano horse is the main horse breed reference. In the same way there are nowadays in Portugal many saddle models coming from many countries. However the Portuguese saddle is main saddle model reference when one thinks in a saddle in Portugal.
Olives have been cultivated in the region where Portugal is today for longer than Portugal's existence as a country. Although it is though that the existence is earlier than the Romans certainly at that time olives were grown and olive oil was produced in where today is Portugal. Currently a remarkable dinamism in the establishment of new plantations and in the improvement from the management practices is being seen in Portugal. Most of the Portuguese olives are used for olive oil production just around 5 % of the total are used to be eaten as table olives.
Embroidery is the handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. Therefore embroidery can be seen as an art. Linen and cotton are the most used supporting materials for Portuguese embroidery. There is embroidery work that from being so rich they hide completely the supporting material. Although in Portugal embroidery has been not an exclusive work of women, traditionally young women use to do an embroidery outfit for their wedding.