Cork Harvest

Even though Monte do Casarão is a former eucalyptus plantation, there are many cork oaks as well. Once every ten years (the ten-year-period is verified on the basis of the tree rings in the bark) the tree can be divested of its bark, i.e. the cork.

The seven of us did the job: four cork cutters (the trade is handed down from father to son), two dogsbodies and one young man who painted the number 8 (from 2008) on the denuded trees. The cork was cut in the course of one Saturday, and the Monday after it was moved in front of Casarão Velho. After it had dried for four weeks, the cork was weighed and sold.

Our first harvest yielded 124 arrobas (one arroba is about 15 kilos). Since only part of our cork oaks have been peeled, we stand to expect a similar amount every third year.

The funny thing is that for the cork to be cut at all, we needed to have a road constructed through the valley behind Casa Boa. This road was constructed a few days before the cork cutters arrived. None of us noticed a thing. All of a sudden, it was simply there.
35 hectares is a lot of land!

PAINTING 2023

Schilderen in Portugal * Carvalhal

Twice a year- once in spring and once in autumn - Monte do Casarão organizes a painting week. The course is for beginners and advanced students. You can paint or sketch using any technique and any materials you like.s.

Painting weeks in 2023:

April 12 - April 19

October 4 - October 11

 

NEWSLETTER

You find our newsletters in the archive

Subscribe to our newsletter!

NOVEMBER

November. It is medronho time. Picking lasts for three months, October, November and December. Every few days, medronho pickers come by to take the ripe fruits from the tree. If you want tasty medronho, the key is to pick only the correctly coloured and intact berries. You can make jam from the berries, but the vast majority are put in barrels to ferment so that later, in March, medronho can be distilled from them. The local liquor. A very heavy drink, but tasty. And it kills all the bad bacteria right away. Also never goes amiss.

 

 

Start typing and press Enter to search