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Lithuanian fresh cheese will travel around the world on postage stamps

May 18, 2017

Lietuvos Paštas (Lithuanian Post) continues the issue of the series of postage stamps Culinary Heritage. On Saturday, 20 May, a postage stamp representing the country’s traditional cuisine will be issued and it will portray fresh cheese which is particularly appreciated by foreign guests for its exceptional taste and unique production process.

The new postage stamp, 80 thousand copies of which will be issued, has been created by artist Domantas Vildžiūnas. The nominal value of the postage stamp, which is being launched, is equal to EUR 0.52.

“We are delighted that we are able to contribute to the preservation of authentic culinary heritage, the promotion of its popularity and the continuity of traditions. The national heritage is an integral part of the country’s image. Every time that letters and parcels marked with the new postage stamp go on a symbolic culinary journey, they will present the exceptional product of Lithuania to the entire world,” maintains Rasa Kruopaitė-Lalienė, Head of the Corporate Affairs Department of Lietuvos Paštas.

Together with the postage stamp, intended to promote Lithuania’s culinary heritage, the envelope of the first day will also be issued. On Saturday, postal items, which are paid for with the new postage stamp, will be stamped with the stamp with the date of the first day in the General Post Office of Vilnius.

The Lithuanian cuisine has been changing and formed under the influence of various historical circumstances, however, Lithuanian manor houses were well-known for their traditions of preparation of fresh cheese already in the Middle Ages. The production process has remained almost unchanged to this day. Fresh cheese, which has been pressed according to the old Lithuanian traditions, is often seasoned with coarse salt, chopped garlic or caraway seeds. In 2013, the European Commission included fresh cheese into the list of protected products. It has become the third Lithuanian product to be protected in the European Union.

 

Annually, Lietuvos Paštas issues 25–27 postage stamps. Lietuvos Paštas also provides the services of couriers, logistics and financial mediation.