2020 55¢ Fruits and Vegetables – Figs
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
Quantity Printed: 200,000,000
Many fruits and vegetables are often mislabeled in grocery stores today. For example, some people know eggplants, tomatoes, and squash are all fruits, but most do not know that bananas are actually berries and figs are flowers.
Figs are a popular food in the Mediterranean and Middle East since that is where they originate. In the United States, on the other hand, they’re not as common. In fact, nearly all figs in the US are grown in California. The state has the perfect conditions for this unusual fruit – full sun, warm temperatures, and well-draining soil. The fig-growing season in California ranges from May to November, depending on the species.
When most people think of figs, they picture the dark purple-black Mission figs. However, there are also Brown Turkey (light purple), Kadota (amber), Sierra (light green), and Tiger (green and yellow striped) varieties. Each has a unique flavor ranging from rich and “meaty,” to light and citrusy, similar to a raspberry.
Regardless of the variety, fresh ripe figs are sweet and nutritious. In fact, famous Roman scholar Pliny the Elder once said, “Figs are restorative. They increase the strength of young people, preserve the elderly in better health, and make them look younger with fewer wrinkles.”