Portugal Holds Delicacies and a Surprising Story of Cork

February 6, 2018

As featured in the Washington Post, my trip to Portugal tracked some delicious adventures in Lisbon, as well as up the coast in Porto and in the ancient city of Évora. Along the way I found fascinating inside stories of the cork industry, which has thrived in Portugal and Spain for centuries. Cork comes from the forest and goes to the world. In World War II, Portugal’s hold on cork exports – and the high priority of getting cork for the U.S. war effort – set the stage for a dangerous drama.

In the year ahead, watch for more about this. For now, please enjoy my Portugal story in the Post here.

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[…] The story provides backstory to the puzzle piece of businessmen turned informants for the OSS about the channels in neutral countries for crucial items used in the war, like tungsten and cork (following up my Washington Post article). […]


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