deliicioso stamps

USPS will release the Delicioso stamps, a new series of stamps later this year. / courtesy of USPS

If your non-email correspondents appreciate Latin comida (food), the U.S. Postal Service will, later this year, begin selling colorful Delicioso stamps that provide a feast for the eyes.

The front of the book of 20 stamps — no release date has been given — should bear this caveat: “Warning! Using these stamps could greatly stimulate your appetite!”

The Delicioso stamps consists of six Forever stamps — good, as the name implies, until they’re used. Delicioso means “delicious” in Spanish.

According to its website, USPS is issuing the stamps to highlight “the influence of Central and South American, Mexican and Caribbean foods on American cuisine. The stamps depict, in a bright, colorful way, tamales, flan, sancocho, empanadas, chile relleno and ceviche.

“The culinary traditions represented on these stamps were brought to the United States by immigrants coming into the country as well as by American tourists visiting the nations of origin. … they have become staples in the diets of many Americans eating at home or dining out at the growing number of restaurants serving or specializing in these cuisines.”

John Parra, an artist who also produces children’s books such as Green Is a Chile Pepper, designed the stamps. He grew up in Santa Barbara and now lives in Queens, N.Y.

In 2016, he won his second Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for his book Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans.

flowers from the garden

The “Flowers From the Garden” series of Forever stamps also will be released this year.

USPS to issue many more series in 2017

The “Delicioso” series is only one of many being released this year by USPS. Another is “Flowers From the Garden.” This set of Forever stamps consists of “four different paintings of flowers that come from typical American gardens, each bunch artfully arranged,” according to the USPS website.

“One stamp (upper left) features red camellias and yellow forsythia in a yellow pitcher, while on another (lower left), there are white peonies and pink tree peonies in a clear vase. An arrangement of white hydrangeas, white and pink roses, green hypericum berries, and purple lisianthus in a white vase graces another stamp (upper right); while blue hydrangeas in a blue pot appear on another.”

Derry Noyes designed the stamps, using art by Elizabeth Brandon.

The U.S. Postal Service has not announced a release date for the “Flowers From the Garden” series.