Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Malaysia – Spices

These stamps and the FDC were issued By Malaysia on 28.3.2011, and sent to me by my friend Budin. The 60sen stamp represents Cinnamon, which is derived from the bark of the tree (cinnamomum zeylanicum). It is used in a variety of ways including in smaller pieces in curries or ground up in pastries, cakes and desserts. I take a pinch of cinnamon powder with my porridge everyday. It is said to act like a tonic.

The 90sen stamp features Star Anise. A small fruit originally from China, and tastes like liquorice.

The RM1 stamp features Cardamom. The seeds of which are used in the cooking of a variety of aromatic rice dishes such as,’beriyanis’ as well as in curries etc.

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