51 countries following the Second World War, the United Nations (UN) is
committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly
relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards
and human rights.
To help it
achieve its goals the United Nations observes special designated days, weeks,
years, and decades, each with a theme, or topic, which are intended to create
international awareness and action on these issues.
delighted to recognise one of the UN’s observations for 2021, the International
Year of Fruits and Vegetables, with eight stamps beautifully illustrated by
Guernsey-based artist, Petra Palmeri. The UN observation is intended to highlight
the important role that fruits and vegetables play in society, as well as
encouraging improvements in sustainable production and reducing waste.
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
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