2006 39¢ Peppers
Crops of America
Issue Date: March 16, 2006
City: New York, NY
Printed By: American Packaging Corporation for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: 11 ¼ horizontally
Corn, chili peppers, beans, squash, and sunflowers were native crops to the Americas, cultivated for centuries before Europeans arrived. Corn, squash, and beans were called the "Three Sisters" by Native Americans. These crops helped one another grow. Corn provided a stalk upon which beans could wind as they grew. Beans in turn supplied nitrogen to the soil, while the large leaves of the squash shaded out weeds.