This tiny fruit grows in the wild, and the plant with its small, narrow leaves is especially adapted to the island's usually arid climate. The plant may range from 3-8ft in height, depending on the nature of the soil.
The Gooseberry has a tart, condiment-like taste and is known to
provide a highly potent liquor when fermented.
This fruit is a popular member of the local berry family and is generallly found in the wild. The plant can endure extended periods of drought and usually bursts into bloom after heavy rains.
The fruit, which ripens a bright red, provides an excellent source of
Vitamin C. The juice cherry is gathered and processed into a tasty
jam or juice, traditionally used with "Johnny Cakes".
A native plant of India, the giant Tamarind trees of Anguilla are landmarks throughout the island.
The trees, which can grow to a height in excess of 75ft, mature their fruit in early spring. The fruit grows generally in clusters and are podlike in appearance. The Tamarind is ripe when the outer skin turns to a brittle shell, brownish in colour. The fruit varies in taste from extremely sour to sweet.
The Tamarind can be made into candied balls, preserves or an
The Pomme-surette is found throughout Anguilla and grows both wild and domestically. The domestic plant may grow to a height of over twenty feet.
The fruit ripens to a yellow or shade of brown and is abundant during December - February, but may be found sparsely out of season.
The flesh of the fruit has a texture similar to the apple and varies
in taste and size depending on the environmental
conditions. The Pomme-surette is a favorite fruit snack among
children and is also made into preserves.
The artwork for the new Definitives was submitted by resident artist Michelle Lavalette, who's great artistic ability is evidenced by the graphic portrayal of Anguilla's indigenous fruits. The print work was done by the House of Questa in London.
Sets are available at EC $32.20 ($12.15 US) and First Day Covers at EC $36.20 ($13.66 US). Mail an International Postal Money Order or a Certified Bank Drafts. to Philatelic Bureau, The Post Office, The Valley, Anguilla, B.W.I. You can also phone them at (809) 497-2528 or FAX them at (809) 497-2751.
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