Parsnip is a bi-annual herbaceous plant with a fleshy root, belonging to the Apiaceae family, which was once farmed extensively as a vegetable and as a forage plant. With its ivory white colour, parsnip is shaped rather like a carrot and has a slightly sweet taste.
Celery is a bi-annual herbaceous plant, which also forms part of the Apiaceae family and is grown as a vegetable crop for its leaves and its tuberous root and is consumed as a vegetable. In olden times, celery was known as "Selenon" or the "moon plant".
The garden beet or red beet, is a vegetable with an edible root. Beetroot has been used since the Middle Ages to treat several medical conditions and in particular to combat digestive or blood-related illnesses.
Mariepol Goetzinger designed the stamps in this series using a very thick hand-made paper, which enhances the contrast with the subtle watercolour wash drawings. She works at the Natural History Museum in the museological department. Mariepol Goetzinger studied at the “Lycée des Arts et Métiers” and regularly undergoes training in Trier and in Berlin.