Tulips originate from Central Asia (Himalayas), not from the Netherlands, as many might think. From there, tulips came to Turkey, where they got their name (which was actually inspired by the shape of the turban). In Turkey, the tulip is the national flower and the symbol of life. In the following images I will add some of the best images with the colored tulip fields of Netherlands, adding more about the tulip history, facts and more images.
In the year 1560, an Austrian envoy brought tulips from Constantinople to Vienna, where the imperial court botanist – Charles de l’Ecluse (also called Clusius, 1526-1609) – has developed a real passion for this flower. In 1593, when he became a teacher in Laiden (Netherlands), he took the flower with him.
In the seventeenth century, the “tulip mania” swept across Europe, starting from Netherlands. Tulip bulbs became profitable and they were sold at very high prices, being the reason for the first accounted economic bubble in Europe. Now, there are over 3,000 varieties of tulips but most common are red tulips.
Tulips belong to the same family of plants which includes lilies. One of their relatives is onion. Some tulips are edible. Depending on their variety, the petals taste may vary from tastes like bean to tastes like salads. During the food crisis of the Second World War, tulips were a food source for many Dutch. Today, tulips may be found in some appetizers and salads. There is even a wine that is made from tulips. The following video contains a more extended history of tulips.
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