UN: International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

Products in this Issue

Set of 8 Stamps


First Day Cover


Sheets of 10



Founded by 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.

We are 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.

Our 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.


Date of Issue 7 April 2021
Designer Petra Palmeri
Printer Cartor Security Printing
Values 50p, 70p, 73p, £1, £1.15, £1.20, £2.20, £3.50
Process Offset Lithography
Stamp Size 30mm deep x 40mm wide
Paper PVA Gummed 110gsm
Sheet 10
Perforation 13 x 13.25
Cylinder A

UN: International Year of Fruits and Vegetables