Sunday, 13 February 2011

Red Hot

A stamp from the 1971 series "Flowers, Fruits and Folklore".  I only have this one but each design includes a scene from Tunisian folklore. The stamps feature, mint, pear, laurel rose, quince, grapefruit and of course this one, of a Pimento - Capsicum annuum.  I can find nothing about the sword wielding figure but he is rather cute. Perhaps he is a character from one of the old Tunisian marionette shows.

There is an expression in Tunisia that Tunisians get hungry when they see the colour red, the colour of appetite and passion. It is also the colour of their famous Harissa, a fire-red chilli blend made from crushed dried red peppers, garlic, salt, coriander, caraway seeds and mint leaves, known for its heat.  It can be served on a side plate with French bread, olives and olive oil or used in soups, salads, meats, fish, stews, couscous and rice. Harissa recipes can vary but it is certainly versatile ingredient.  Tunisian cuisine is the spiciest in North Africa and the country is a major exporter of pimentos.

Viridian Postcard is the hostess of Sunday Stamps, this week no theme,  just pick any kind of stamp.


Coffeedoff said...

That's an interesting stamp. I can't stand peppers though. I'm allergic to them and they cause me no end of trouble hidden in so many dishes.

viridian said...

Great stamp! thank you for being part of Sunday Stamps.

Postcardy said...

That's an intriguing combination.

rawtherspices said...

Botanical names: Capsicum Annum
Family name: Solanaceae
A member of the Capsicum family, there are over 200 different varieties of chillies in the world. Having a mild to strong hot taste it is used in almost every cuisine-Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Japanese. Chillies have two characteristics, one their colour because of the pigment called Capsanthin in it and two the biting pungency because of Capsaicin, on the basis of which the varieties differ and so its demand.


Darshan said...

SA Rawther Spices is the largest processor and exporter of black pepper and dry ginger in India, apart from having a good track record in the international trade of coffee, turmeric, cloves, chillies, nutmeg and other products.

Calantha Felber said...

They are using Harissa like butter or ketchup on sandwiches and everything else.
I really like to eat hot, but sometimes it is really too much :D