Tropical Fruit

       06 April 2001              20c, 80c, $1.00, $3.00                                             Mint and CTO           $5.00

                                                                                                                                    FDC            $6.00
                                                                                                    Mini Sheet - Mint & CTO            $3.80

 Technical Details

Release Date:             06 April 2001
Denominations:           20c, 80c, $1.00, $3.00
Designer:                    Nancy Tichborne, Akaroa, NZ
Printer:                       Carter Security Printer, La Loupe, France
Process:                     Offset Lithography
Paper:                        110gsm PVA gum
Stamp Size:                28mm x 42mm vertical
Mini Sheet Size          84mm x 42mm horizontal
Perforation Gauge:     13 x 2 cm
Sheet                         Panes of 2 x 25 stamps + gutter
First Day Cover:        $6.00 (not available with mini-sheet)

This is the first Pitcairn issue designed by Akaroa watercolour artist Nancy Tichborne.
This stamp issue features the 20c Coconut Cocos nucifera;  80c Pomegranate Punica granatum;  $1.00 Passionfruit Passiflora edulis; and $3.00 Pineapple (Ananas comosus).
The 80c Pomegranate and $3.00 Pineapple stamps are repeated in the full mini-sheet.
Click here to see the mini-sheet

Pitcairn is remarkably fertile and productive.  Its normally benign climate allows a wide range of tropical and temperate fruits to flourish.  Bananas lemons, oranges mandarins, and grapefruit grow all over the island.  Pomegranates are not as common but provide an interesting addition to the Pitcairn fruit bowl.  While common varieties of bananas are communal property when found on public land, most other fruit trees, including coconut palms, are privately owned, whether they are on public land or even land belonging to someone else.  Local law however, allows anyone walking to pick an orange or mandarin from any tree along the way, providing that it is eaten while continuing the walk.

Other fruit found in abundance include mangoes, avocado, papaya, several varieties of passionfruit and guava.  Pineapples together with watermelon and more recently, bananas are grown as crops.  There is a thriving dried fruit export industry operating mainly comprising dried banana but also including dried pineapple and papaya to a lesser extent.

The Queensland Fruitfly first made its appearance on Pitcairn a little more than ten years ago.  Attempts to control fruitfly have met with mixed success but the introduction of this pest has caused Pitcairners to appreciate the need for sound quarantine procedures.