Wednesday, March 31, 2010

#165 Sweden...Thanks Anette!

The left stamp is from 2009 Summer Nature issue showing an European tree frog in Stenshuvud National Park.

Stenshuvud is a hill in the southeastern corner of Sweden, in the province of Scania. Since 1986, it is one of the National parks of Sweden. The park covers an area of about 3.9 km².

The hill is 97 metres high and faces the Baltic Sea. Since the surrounding landscape is relatively flat, it can be seen from a great distance and has traditionally been used as a landmark for seafarers. Many visitors trek up the hill to enjoy the view which is very good in clear weather.
Most of the area is covered with broadleaf forest, especially European hornbeam. The park also contains heaths, meadows and swamps. Because of the mild climate and varied habitats, many different animal and plant species can be encountered in the park. Among animal species unusual to Sweden one can mention hazel dormouse, golden oriole, European tree frog and agile frog. There are about 600 vascular plant species, including several types of orchids and the very rare barren strawberry.

Below the hill there is a popular swimming beach. Close to the top one can find the remains of a ruin of a 5th or 6th century fortress.

According to local folklore, the hill got its name (Sten's head) from a giant living in the cave Giddastuan.

The right stamp is from 2009 Herbs issue showing Chili Pepper.

Chili pepper is the fruit of the plants from the genus Capsicum, members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae.

Although botanically speaking, the fruit of capsicums are berries, the peppers are considered as vegetables or spices for culinary purposes. Depending on flavor intensity and fleshiness, their culinary use varies from use as a vegetable (e.g., bell pepper) to use as a spice (e.g., cayenne pepper).

Chili peppers originated in the Americas. Their cultivars are now grown around the world, because they are widely used as food and as medicine.

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