The People of Niue rely heavily on fruit and vegetables as the base of their day-to-day diets. The abundance of fruit trees provides locals with an array of colourful and nutritious fresh produce that can be used liberally in both sweet and savoury dishes.
This stamp issue focused on some of the more common fruit trees in Niue - the lime, mango, avocado and the hugely versatile coconut. All of these fruits are packed full of nutrient-rich vitamins and minerals, important for good health.
Limes can be used to add flavour and zing to food and beverages; the sweet juicy mango can be eaten fresh on its own or used in cooking; the avocado is full of healthy fats and vitamins, making a great flavour and texture addition to any dish; and the coconut is a staple in the island diet - the flesh can be eaten straight from the shell, the milk makes a refreshing drink, the dried coconut kernels can be pressed to make coconut oil, and so much more.
Product Listing for Fruit Trees of Niue
Single 30c 'Lime' gummed stamp.
The lime is a citrus fruit used to flavour drinks, food and condiments, such as chutney.
Single $1.40 'Mango' gummed stamp.
The mango is a sweet and juicy fruit that can be eaten fresh or added to many drinks and dishes. It's a great component in a fruit smoothie!
Single $2.00 'Avocado' gummed stamp.
Technically the avocado is a berry. It's high in healthy fats and its texture and flavour are key elements in many dishes.
Single $4.00 'Coconut' gummed stamp.
The coconut is one of the most important crops in the South Pacific. It can be used in many forms and is considered a staple in the island diet.
|Miniature Sheet||Mint, used or cancelled gummed miniature sheet.||$7.70|
|First Day Cover||First day cover with four gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$8.20|
|Miniature Sheet First Day Cover||First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$8.20|
|Date of issue:||7 March 2018|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||$0.30, $1.40, $2.00 and $4.00|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Jonathan Gray, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer:||Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 40mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||16|
|Special blocks:||Plate and value blocks Could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 6 March 2019.|