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Pineapple Fragrance Issue by Papua New Guinea

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“Pineapples, Papua New Guinea”. It doesn’t ring-a-bell. The both may not have anything in common economically or culturally significant that is known to the world, but a trip to any local market in Papua New Guinea from the months of November to January will certainly change one’s perspective if pineapples were introduced.

Nearly every subsistence farmer has them in their gardens. In fact, its popularity over the years has made it the common fruit for dessert in restaurants and at tribal feasts all over Papua New Guinea.

Relating to the resemblance of the pineapple, the fragrance it gives out and the vowel sound in the name that landed with it (pineapple), different tribes came up with their own version of the name. (read more)

published August 23rd, 2011

Legends of Brazilian Folklore: Curupira, Mother of Gold, Dolphin and Headless Mule

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Rating: 4.9/5

The characters were arranged by the artist in four stamps forming a set. In the top left, the image of Curupira mounted on a boar, scaring a possible agent of deforestation, represented by a man and a chainsaw that down the tree.

In the upper right, the Mãe-do-ouro (Mother-of-gold) emerges from the water with a fireball in hers hands, inspiring a gold prospector. At the bottom left, the figures of Boto (Dolphin) and a young pregnant woman alludes to the legend of seduction of women by an unknown man. In the lower right corner, the Mula-semcabeça (Headless Mule), which would have been a woman, the mistress of a priest, represented by a man in a church.

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published July 29th, 2011

Cultivated Flora of Hungary: Fruit

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Magyar Posta has started issuing a new series presenting the cultivated fruit of Hungary on stamps. The design of the stamps employs com-positions reminiscent of still lifes. The HUF 145 stamp shows the domesticated apple and the HUF 310 stamp depicts the cat’s head pear. Other fruit compositions are used for the first day cover and the special postmark. Both cultivars can be found in the Újfehértó Gene Bank Collection.

Domesticated apple

Its origin is uncertain but it was certainly grown in the 16th century in France. In Hungary it is still grown in small gardens and vineyards on the Great Plain. It ripens in August. Its 240-300 g fruit is a flattened ball with a whitish yellow flesh and stripy skin, and there is also a single colour clone version. Its flesh is hard and highly acid with little flavour. It is favoured for its size and is widely used in cooking. The tree has a large crown with big leaves and remarkably small buds. It starts producing late but then produces well, albeit in phases. The species tolerates a va-riety of growing locations but it likes alkaline soil the least. The tree is excellent for old fashioned gardens and requires minimal care. The fruit can be kept until the end of September in a cool larder.

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published May 28th, 2011

Definitive Stamp Issue 2011- “Local Fruits” from Barbados

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On February 7th, 2011 a new Definitive Issue of Stamps featuring “Local Fruits” became available. This definitive issue showcases a variety of local fruit grown in Barbados.

The stamps were issued in sets of sixteen (16) denominations (BDS). Official First Day Covers will be available at the Philatelic Bureau, General Post Office.This issue will be on sale for the next four/five years.

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published April 26th, 2011

Aland apples

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Rating: 4.6/5

The time has come for a new 5 cent stamp as well as a 4 euro stamp. Both stamps show the Åland apple cultivar Strömma with an interesting story to tell.

More than 100 years ago, the Ålander Fridolf Sundberg began spreading his varieties of apples in Åland and the southern parts of Finland. On a farm in the village of Strömma in Hammarland, he discovered the Strömma cultivar. Fridolf grafted his different varieties of apples on crab apple trees in Örnäs in the municipality of Finström, where he settled with his wife Amanda.

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published April 13th, 2011