Crops of Asian countries – new stamp issue by Chunghwa Post

January 16th, 2015 is glad to inform that Chunghwa Post now issues a set of four stamps, featuring four coarse grain species in the Fabaceae family. The issue consists of four stamps that were released and put into circulation on the 28th of January. The designs follow:

1. Arachis hypogaea (NT$5): Commonly known as peanuts, Arachis hypogaea is an annual, herbaceous plant. The stalks are erective, creeping, clustered, or semi-erective. The leaves are opposite, pinnate, and patterned in alternate phyllotaxy. The flowers are papilionaceous. The skin of the seed is pale red. Primarily grown in Yunlin, Changhua and Chiayi, this food crop is popularly cooked as fresh food, or used to make cooking oil and processed foods.

2. Vigna angularis (NT$7): Commonly known as red beans, it is an annual, herbaceous plant. The stalk is erective, and covered in trichomes. The cotyledons are opposite; the true leaves, patterned in alternate phyllotaxy, consist of three small leaves in circular, oblong, sword or spear shapes. Its flowers are papilionaceous with corollas, the vexillum of the petals has short teeth. It is chiefly grown in Pingtung and Tainan as a popular ingredient for sweets. It is also an excellent medicinal food.

3. Glycine max (NT$10): Commonly known as soybean, it is an annual, herbaceous plant. The stalk is erective, semi-erective, or trailing. The compound leaves are trifoliolate and lanceolate (needle-like). Its flowers are papilionaceous in raceme. The skin of the seed is yellow, green, or black. Extensively grown in Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan, the crop is used for food and cooking oil production; it is also a vital industrial-purpose material.

4. Vigna radiata (NT$25): Commonly known as mung bean, it is an annual, erective herbaceous plant. The stalk is light green, covered sparsely in trichomes. The compound leaves are trifoliolate; the small leaves are ovate, and their edges are at times jagged. The plant is covered in trichomes, with papilionaceous flowers. The seeds are mostly green, but yellow and golden-yellow varieties can also be found. The plant is largely grown in Tainan and Chiayi. Its sprouts make a popular vegetable dish. It can also be processed for making glass noodles and pastries.

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