A berry is a small, fleshy fruit with a dense thin peel, juicy pulp and seeds inside, usually produced by shrubby or herbaceous plants; berries need not be snapped off or cut on consumption. The most popular are raspberries, strawberries, currants, gooseberries, blueberries, blackberries, sea buckthorn, cranberries and lingonberries. Fresh and frozen berries are consumable all year round and the products of their processing (jam, jelly, marmalade, puree, and fruit drinks) are on permanent high demand among buyers.
Cranberries are a group of flowering plants of the heath family that grow in wetlands in the Northern Hemisphere. The sour-sweet berries are actively used in cooking. The fruit is a red globular or egg-shaped berry. The size of the berry reaches 16 mm.
A cornelian cherry is a shrub or small tree, belonging to the Cornus genus of the dogwood family. Fruits of dogwoods may be oval, globular or pear-shaped. The surface of the fruit is smooth and knobby; the hue is light red, red, dark red, dark purple and nearly black. The average mass of the fruit is 2-6 g.
Lingonberry is an evergreen small shrub, a species of the Vaccinium genus in the heath family. Berries are widely used in cooking and leaves are applicable in medicine. Fruits are red polyspermous globular shiny berries up to 8 mm in diameter of sour-sweet taste.
Arctic raspberry is a plant of the Rubus genus in the rose family. It grows in forests, in motley grass meadows, along the verges of streams and riverbanks, in thickets of bushes, on marshes and in tundra, up to 1 200 m above the sea level. The berry is a juicy fruit, sweet tasting on maturity, similar in size and shape to the common raspberry but of more complex color.
The postage stamps provide images of fruits of cranberry, cornelian cherry, lingonberry and Arctic raspberry.
In addition to the issue of the postage stamps, JSC Marka produced First Day Covers and special cancels for Chelyabinsk, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, Murmansk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Penza, Petrozavodsk, Ryazan, St. Petersburg, Sevastopol, Simferopol, and Veliky Novgorod, as well as four maxi-cards and an illustrated envelope with postage stamps, a label and a First Day Cover with a cancel for Moscow inside.
Design Artist: V. Beltyukov.
Face value: 50 rubles.
Stamp size: 36.5×29 mm, sheet size: 100×150 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 8 (2×4) stamps.
Quantity: 66 thousand each stamp (33 thousand each sheet).