Philatelic fruit and veg from Guernsey

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07 April 2021
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Guernsey Post have released new stamps for Alderney in recognition of the UN’s International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. The stamps featured colourful designs by Guernsey artist Petra Palmeri.

The stamps feature a diverse selection of fruits including strawberries, which are some of the most popular berry fruits in the world, along with physalis, or Cape gooseberry, which is a South American plant native to Peru and Colombia. Oranges, a highly nutritious citrus fruit, also feature, along with brightly coloured tomatoes and quince, which contain a high level of pectin – perfect for making jams and other preserves.

Completing the set are vibrantly coloured carrots, which are some of the most versatile root vegetables around; colourful peas, which grow inside long, plump pods and are rich in nutrients; and, onions and garlic, which are cooking staples in many homes thanks to their distinctive flavours and aroma, not to mention their health benefits.

Artist Petra Palmeri said: ‘It is a privilege and an honour to be able to create the still life fruits and vegetables for Guernsey Post’s stamps. I have really enjoyed painting them and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity. These are the first set of stamps I have worked on and it is an overwhelming feeling to know that my artwork could be seen around the world’

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Issue date: 7 April 2021, www.guernseystamps.com

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