Long time, no post. Well, I'm back. I have recently gotten back into Postcrossing and hope to update this blog more regularly!
To start with for today, here is a card showing mung bean mooncakes from Taiwan. This card was from RachelDing for the November alternate RR. Rachel writes that mooncakes are usually popular during Middle Autumn Festival, but are eaten all year round.
According to Wikipedia, the mid-autumn festival is for lunar appreciation and moon viewing. Moon cakes typically contain salted whole egg yolks inside, to represent the moon. Mung bean is the most common filling in Taiwan (accompanied by the egg yolks). However, "modern" mooncakes can be filled with a wide variety of ingredients such as ice cream, durian, coffee, even tiramisu!
This card came with two lovely stamps.
The one on the right is from a 2017 issue of four stamps depicting marine life, with this particular one showing Culcita novaeguineae, or cushion star, common in Taiwanese reefs. The one on the left is from a non-denominated set of 2 issued in 2017.