#5487 – 2020 First-Class Forever Stamps - Fruits and Vegetables: Lemons

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 U.S. #5487


2020 55¢ Fruits and Vegetables – Lemons


Value:  55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)

Issue Date:  July 17, 2020

First Day City:  Charleston, WV

Type of Stamp:  Definitive

Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America

Printing Method:  Offset

Format:  Double-sided Booklet of 20

Self-Adhesive

Quantity Printed:  200,000,000

  The lemon is one of the most important fruits cultivated today.  Its juice, oil, and rind can be found in cleaning products, herbal remedies, livestock feed, and countless culinary dishes.  The exact origin of lemons is unknown, but scientists have traced their DNA and believe they were first grown in the region around the Himalayas.

Lemon trees were first brought to Europe around the second century AD in Ancient Rome.  Eventually, they were introduced to Persia, Iraq, and Egypt in 700 AD and were found throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East by 1000 and 1150.  Genoa, Italy, was the first region to mass cultivate lemon trees, doing so in the mid-15th century.

When Columbus journeyed to the New World in 1493, he took lemon seeds with him that he then planted in Hispaniola.  By the 19th century, lemon trees were found growing in large groves in Florida and California.  Arizona later became a chief grower of the fruit as well.

In 2019, over 17 million tons of lemons were grown worldwide.  The top producers were Mexico, India, China, Argentina, and Brazil.  Whether you want to polish a copper-bottomed pan, clean furniture, bake a pie, or enjoy a refreshingly sweet summertime beverage, lemons can do it all.

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2020 55¢ Fruits and Vegetables – Lemons


Value:  55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)

Issue Date:  July 17, 2020

First Day City:  Charleston, WV

Type of Stamp:  Definitive

Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America

Printing Method:  Offset

Format:  Double-sided Booklet of 20

Self-Adhesive

Quantity Printed:  200,000,000

 

The lemon is one of the most important fruits cultivated today.  Its juice, oil, and rind can be found in cleaning products, herbal remedies, livestock feed, and countless culinary dishes.  The exact origin of lemons is unknown, but scientists have traced their DNA and believe they were first grown in the region around the Himalayas.

Lemon trees were first brought to Europe around the second century AD in Ancient Rome.  Eventually, they were introduced to Persia, Iraq, and Egypt in 700 AD and were found throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East by 1000 and 1150.  Genoa, Italy, was the first region to mass cultivate lemon trees, doing so in the mid-15th century.

When Columbus journeyed to the New World in 1493, he took lemon seeds with him that he then planted in Hispaniola.  By the 19th century, lemon trees were found growing in large groves in Florida and California.  Arizona later became a chief grower of the fruit as well.

In 2019, over 17 million tons of lemons were grown worldwide.  The top producers were Mexico, India, China, Argentina, and Brazil.  Whether you want to polish a copper-bottomed pan, clean furniture, bake a pie, or enjoy a refreshingly sweet summertime beverage, lemons can do it all.