Garden Fruits of Cocos
Release date: 30 May 2017
On Home Island, in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, many locals maintain fruit gardens at home. They are filled with bright orange drinking coconuts and red bananas as well as the four fruits featured on these vibrant stamps: West Indian lime, rose apple, sapodilla and breadfruit.
These bright and colourful stamps feature illustrations by Anita Xhafer. The minisheet design places the fruit within a lush tropical garden.
$1 West Indian Lime
The West Indian lime is a small spherical fruit, approximately three to five centimetres in diameter. Its skin turns yellow when ripe.
$1 Rose Apple
The bell-shaped rose apple (also known as apple guava and, in Malay, as Jambu Ayer) is a popular fruit, especially the pink rose-flavoured variety.
Sapodilla is a soft brown fruit with large black seeds and a very sweet vanilla flavour. Sapodilla trees can grow to more than 30 metres high and their sap is the origin of chewing gum.
Breadfruit varies in size and colour, but is usually oval with a rough or scaly green exterior. When slightly unripe, breadfruit is much like potato. Cocos locals often make crispy chips from it by frying slices in oil.