A Miniature Sheet consisting of 5 nos of commemorative postage stamps on the Indian Spices : Black pepper, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Coriander, Chilly, Cardamom and Clove :
Issued by India
Issued on Apr 29, 2009
Issued for : India Post is proud to issue a set of five commemorative postage stamps on ‘Spices of India‘.
Stamp & FDC : Suresh Kumar
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Miniature Sheet with above five setenant stamps with thematic border, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 Paise each
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Miniature sheet : 0.2 Million
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
- Cloves : Cloves are the rich, brown, dried, unopened flower buds of Syzygium aromaticum, an evergreen tree in the myrtle family. The name comes from the French Idou meaning nail. Cloves come from Madagascar, Malaysia and Srilanka and India too grows plenty of cloves in the Southern Peninsula. Cloves are used in pharmaceutical products, beverages, cookies, and in Indonesia goes in the manufacture of cigarettes. The clove oil is sought after ingredient for many food and non food industries including hygiene and medical formulations.
- Turmeric : Turmeric is the root of Curcuma longa, a leafy plant in the ginger family. The root, or rhizome, has a tough brown skin and bright orange flesh. Ground Turmeric comes from fingers, which extend from the root. It is boiled or steamed and then dried, and ground. India is the world’s primary producer of Turmeric. Turmeric is a necessary ingredient of curry powder. It is used extensively in Indian dishes, including lentil and meat dishes, and in South East Asian cooking. It also is used in place of saffron to provide color and flavour and is often called as the Indian Saffron. Turmeric is mildly aromatic and has scents of orange or ginger. It has a pungent, bitter flavor and has immense therapeutic properties. The extract of turmeric gives curcuma the natural dye for many applications in the food industry.
- Coriander : Coriander is the seed of Coriandrum sativum, a plant in the parsley family. The seed is globular and almost round, brown to yellow red, and 1/5 inch in diameter with alternating straight and wavy ridges. Coriander is grown in India. Coriander is a major ingredient in curry powders and is used in Indian curies, beverages, American cigarettes, and sausages. Its oil is widely used in industrial applications.
- Chilly : Chilli is the ground fruit of a plant in the Capsicum family. The spice ranges from orange red, to deep, dark red. Known as Red pepper and Cayenne Pepper, Chillies are grown in plenty in India and there are over 50 varieties distinctly different in colour and pungency. Chillies are the major source of natural colour and pungency, which goes for application in many food and non food industries especially its oil and oleoresins.
- Text : As per the material provided by the proponent.