The tulips name comes from the Turkish tulbend, "turban", which the flower is said to resemble. In the 16th century tulips reached the Austrian court and were much admired and propagated, becoming so popular in Holland by the early 17th century that an extravagant bulb trade developed. At the peak of tulip-mania in March 1637, a single tulip bulb sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. The buying and selling of tulips in the 17th century occurred on the stock-exchange just as we do today, they even had a futures market! By 1636 the tulip bulb became the 4th leading export product of the Netherlands. It was big business. But like all good things, the economic bubble went pop and the market collapsed. Today the Dutch export 1.2 billion bulbs annually.
In Persia, the tulip was an emblem of perfect love or a declaration of love.
These photos were all taken at a local flower exhibition where 1000's of tulips and other bulbs are earlier in the year and by mid September they are looking glorious in all their colour.
|Did you know that tulips belong to the same family as lilies and related to the onion (just much prettier and not as smelly). There is around 150 species and 3,000 varieties of tulips.|
|The most popular tulip is the red tulip (ssshh, don't tell this yellow tulip, she will feel sad!). Yellow tulips means "there's sunshine in your smile" (that's nice)|
|Tulips are edible - the petals. During the WW2 the Dutch were forced to eat tulips because they had no other food. Parts of the bulb are poisonous. Here is a recipe for "Strawberry Mousse in Tulip Cups: http://homecooking.about.com/od/dessertrecipes/r/bldes173.htm|
|Purple tulips symbolize royalty and pink tulips mean affection and caring, whilst orange means energy, enthusiasm, desire and passion.|
Here is another tulip petal recipe - Organic Tulip Salad
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All photography is by Joluise