Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau announces the release of its latest Post & Go set, which celebrate the island’s delicious cuisine by depicting a selection of local recipes or popular local dishes on the six stamps (issue date: 19 February 2022).
The stamps: –
GY Letter – Guernsey Bean Jar has been part of island life for centuries. Traditionally this hearty one-pot dish made in an earthenware jar with beef shin, pig’s trotters, onion, carrots, haricot beans, butter beans and bay leaves would have been eaten for breakfast. Today, it is often a tasty winter meal, and is enjoyed on Bonfire Night.
GY Large Letter – Guernsey Gâche (pronounced Gosh) is one of Guernsey’s definitive specialties made with raisins, sultanas, and mixed peel. In Guernésiais, gâche means cake, however this is more like a sweet fruit bread. It is a popular tea-time treat served with a thick spread of butter or toasted.
UK Letter – Guernsey Biscuit is actually a savoury crusty roll with a soft, fluffy centre, which is perfect for filling with local delicacies including seafood, meats or cheese.
UK Large Letter – Local Lobster and Shrimp. Guernsey has an abundance of fresh seafood, which are often served up in seafood platters at Guernsey’s numerous restaurants and bistros.
EURO Letter – Guernsey Gâche Melee (pronounced Gosh Mel–are) is a traditional Guernsey apple-based dessert. It can be eaten hot or cold, usually with a dollop of Guernsey cream or custard. In Guernésiais, gâche mélée translates as ‘cake mix’.
ROW Letter – Local Chancre Crab, also known as Brown Crab, is at its best in the spring and autumn. The white meat from the claws and legs is often served in sandwiches or with salad and is a great addition to linguine or ravioli whilst the richer, brown meat inside the shell can be used as pȃté.
The Guernsey Ormer is depicted on the presentation pack cover and is a real gastronomic treat. This shellfish is a variety of abalone, which looks like a small sea snail, and is harvested at low spring tides. They have been collected on the island for centuries but there are strict rules about when and where you can hunt for them, so they are only available in season and are much sought after.
Bridget Yabsley, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post said: – “Our Post and Go stamps remain a popular part of our philatelic programme, and we are particularly delighted to be able to showcase Guernsey’s wealth of natural ingredients from both its land and surrounding seas on this latest set.”
The stamps and related products are available to pre-order from 5 February 2022 by visiting www.guernseystamps.com or contacting the bureau on +44 (0) 1481 716486.