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Cork Tree

By Jens Heijkoop. So much more then a wine bottle stopper Commonly known as cork oak or cork tree, the sobreiro as the Portuguese call it, can live up to 200 years and an average cork tree produces one tonne of raw cork which is equal to 65,000 wine bottle stoppers. Harvesting the cork (cortiça) […]

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Strawberry Tree

By Jens Heijkoop. How to use strawberry fruits in various ways Our land is covered with the so called strawberry trees (arbutus unedo). This small tree has a large volume of berries, better known to the Portuguese as ‘Medronhos’. This fruit contains a high amount of sugar and antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, niacin, […]

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Bio Pool

By Jens Heijkoop. Why Natural Pools are Better Than Traditional Pools First of all, what is a bio pool? A biological swimming pool is an ecological system identical to what is found in fresh water sources in Nature containing plants and organisms of various kinds, all of which have a role to play. So swimming in […]

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Meaning of MANA

By Jens Heijkoop. The meaning of mana mana ˈmɑːnə/noun  MANA, in Austronesian languages, means “power”, “effectiveness”, and “prestige”. In most cases, this power is understood to be supernatural. The word MANA has several meanings in different parts in the world however the first time I came across the word was during my travels in North Australia. […]

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