„You eat with your eyes (first)!“ „Fotos, bei denen man am liebsten ins Bild greifen möchte um zuzubeißen ...“ Das Auge isst mit, soviel ist bekannt - wie also kann ich ein genussvolles Gericht für alle Sinne kreieren? Kunst, die auch noch schmeckt = blättern Sie im Bilderbuch der Speisen!
From the cork oak to the bottle
The cork oak(Quercus suber) is an evergreen broad-leaved tree endemic to the western Mediterranean. As an oak, it is a member of the Quercus genus. It is able to withstand drought and can thrive under a range of soil conditions, though in Central Europe it is not hardy. The cork oak gets its name from the mighty layers of cork in its trunk, which are eventually extracted. A single specimen can produce between 100 and 200 kilogrammes of cork in its lifespan. So while the champagne corks are popping on the Costa Smeralda, we in the island’s interior have learned what makes a quality Sardinian cork – a product from the island with 150 years of history to look back on. A lot of this knowledge can be traced back to Calangianus, a quaint town one wouldn’t normally simply happen upon. The thin, vertically fissured layers of cork from the greyish brown bark are characteristic of the cork oak. Younger trees exhibit a smooth bark whose cambium develops a layer of cork early on, which can grow to be three to five centimetres thick. Vertical fissures form in the light, spongy cork tissue, which is white on the outside and red to reddish brown on the inside. After the cork has been harvested, the trunk yields a reddish brown colour, which becomes considerably darker in time. The wood is ring-porous with brown heartwood and light-red sapwood. The cork oak develops a taproot that extends one to two metres deep, and from which several metre-long, lateral roots sprout. The trees live to be over 400 years old, with specimens used for cork extraction living to be between 150 and 200 years old. Currently, 75 per cent of caps are cork, 20 per cent are screw caps and 5 per cent are made of other materials. We paid a visit to Mondial Capsule, one of the world’s leading cork manufacturers, in Tempio Pausania.