Monday, January 9, 2012

Home-grown Vegetables of Thailand

The Communications Authority of Thailand has issued the stamp series feature the Home-grown Vegetable  such as: Lime, Tomato, Pumpkin and Bottle gourd on January 15, 2011.The issue stamps consist of 4 postage stamps with different nominal value.
Lime is a term referring to a number of different citrus fruits, both species and hybrids, which are typically round, green to yellow in color, 3–6 cm in diameter, and containing sour and acidic pulp.
Limes are a good source of vitamin C. Limes are often used to accent the flavors of foods and beverages. Limes are grown all year round and are usually smaller and more sour than lemons.Lime contains 24 milligrams less vitamin C per 100 grams than the lemon.
Lime is valued both for the acidity of its juice and the floral aroma of its zest. It is a very common ingredient in authentic Mexican, Southwestern United States, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. Lime leaves are also used as  an herb in South, East, and Southeast Asia. Lime is frequently used to add flavor to cold and hot drinks, including water, tonic and other cocktails.

Tomato fruit is consumed in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in many dishes and sauces, and in drinks. While it is botanically a fruit, it is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes which has caused some confusion. The fruit is rich in lycopene, which may have beneficial health effects.
Tomato belongs to the nightshade family. The plants typically grow to 1–3 metres in height and have a weak stem that often sprawls over the ground and vines over other plants. It is a perennial in its native habitat, although often grown outdoors in temperate climates as an annual.
Tomato is now grown worldwide for its edible fruits, with thousands of cultivars having been selected with varying fruit types, and for optimum growth in differing growing conditions. Cultivated tomatoes vary in size, from tomberries, about 5 mm in diameter, through cherry tomatoes, about the same 1–2 centimeters  size as the wild tomato, up to beefsteak tomatoes 10 centimeters  or more in diameter.

Pumpkin varies greatly in shape, ranging from oblate to oblong. The rind is smooth and usually lightly ribbed.Although pumpkins are usually orange or yellow, some fruits are dark green, pale green, orange-yellow, white, red and gray.
Pumpkin is a gourd-like squash of the genus Cucurbita and the family Cucurbitaceae . It commonly refers to cultivars of any one of the species Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita mixta, Cucurbita maxima, and Cucurbita moschata, and is native to North America.
Pumpkins are very versatile in their uses for cooking. Most parts of the pumpkin are edible, including the fleshy shell, the seeds, the leaves, and even the flowers.In Thailand, small pumpkins are steamed with custard inside and served as a dessert.

The  Bottle Gourd or  calabash was one of the first cultivated plants in the world, grown not primarily for food, but for use as a water container. The bottle gourd may have been carried from Africa to Asia, Europe and the Americas in the course of human migration.
The calabash is widely known as the bottle gourd. The fresh fruit has a light green smooth skin and a white flesh. Rounder varieties are called calabash gourds. They come in a variety of shapes, they can be huge and rounded, or small and bottle shaped, or slim and more than a meter long. The Bottle Gourd, as a vegetable, is frequently used in southern Chinese cuisine as either a stir-fry or in a soup.

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