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Jwan Reber, Pohlern

Savour the scent of quince

The quince is Switzerland's Fruit of the Year 2017. To mark this accolade, Swiss Post is issuing a limited miniature sheet which gives off the fragrance of quince.

FRUCTUS has designated a fruit of the year each year since 2008. The charitable organization was established in 1985 as a nationwide association in Switzerland to promote a gene bank for all fruit varieties and standard orchards.

The name quince derives from the Latin "malum Cydonium", or Cydonian apple; however, a connection to Cydonia on the island of Crete has not been proven.

Quince is a stone fruit. While only a few foreign varieties can be eaten raw, the quinces found in Switzerland are known for their heady, fragrant scent andthe delicacies that can be prepared from them.

The miniature sheet features the refreshing colour and shape of this fruit as well as its sensuous aromas: the fruit on the sheet is treated with a special varnish which releases the aroma when touched.

Jürg Freudiger