Originally issued in 2016 in a coil format, the U.S. Postal Service issues Pears, a new ten-cent definitive stamp featuring an illustration of two brilliantly red pears in sheets of 20.
Pears (genus Pyrus) are one of the world’s oldest cultivated fruits. They grow on medium-sized, long-lived, flowering trees that generally produce fruit in their fourth to sixth year of growth. Thousands of varieties in hues of green, yellow, red, and brown are grown throughout the world.
Pear trees, like apple trees, can surprise their growers with sport branches (also referred to as spontaneous mutations) that bear fruit differing in appearance from the anticipated produce. Thus, a tree-producing green pears may spontaneously sport a branch of red pears. Other red pears are the result of hybridizing, or crossbreeding two different varieties.
Pears are among the most popular fruits in the world, and for good reason. These low-calorie treats provide a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. Great snacks eaten fresh out of hand, and perhaps over a sink so the juice drips there, pears can be poached, baked, sliced into salads, and star on a cheese plate.
Art director Derry Noyes designed this stamp with an existing illustration by John Burgoyne.
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