The Netherlands is the most beautiful season with the colorful beauty of billions of tulips blooming all over the country. The following top 10 trendy facts about tulips will surprise you. More than the familiar information about this famous flower, you will know the interesting things behind it.
Facts 1: The tulip is the national flower of the Netherlands but it comes from another place
Tulips initially flourished over a vast land cover from Southern Europe to Central Asia but were introduced into Eastern Europe as an import from what is now known as Turkey.
Tulips became a standing character for the Dutch. They contributed to one of the world’s first economic and financial bubbles known as “Tulipmania”, where they were valued as being usable to buy a house!
The Netherlands remains the world’s leading producer of tulips, producing 3 billion bulbs a year, most of which are exported worldwide.
Facts 2: Different colors of tulips carry different meanings.
Red tulips represent true love – they symbolize passion and romance, and often they make a gift for a romantic partner.
Yellow tulips represent hope and joyful thoughts and are often something you would give someone as a gift of wellness.
White tulips are used as an apology flower.
Purple tulips symbolize someone who is your everything. Purple has long been a coloring associated with royalty.
Facts 3: Tulips are edible.
Well, the petals are edible and the bulbs are edible if appropriately prepared.
This is what the Dutch learned during the Winter Famine of 1944.
After a strike by Dutch railway workers, Nazi Germany prevented all food imports from entering the Netherlands, causing a famine that lasted throughout the winter, directly resulting in the deaths of 22,000 people. Holland and indirectly caused countless deaths on it.
Due to a lack of workforce earlier that year, most of the Dutch tulip bulbs were not planted, so the Dutch government’s Food Supply Office published a guide on adequately preparing the bulbs and suggested recipes.
There’s a recipe for bread made with crushed tulip bulbs, flowers, salt and water, which one child describes as tasting like sawdust – but even better than nothing!
The famine ended in 1945, when Sweden exported large quantities of flour and other goods to the Netherlands and Nazi Germany allowed them into the country.
Once again, tulips have played an important role in Dutch history.
Facts 4: The word “tulip” is derived from the word “turban”.
In the Middle East, tulips are called “dulband flowers”. Persian word means “turban” because of how the flower’s head rests on its stalk, like a turban on one’s head.
However, this could be a lie, as it was fashionable to wear tulips in one’s turban during this time – so no one knows if this is why they are worn named after turbines or because of their shape!
The Persian “Dulband” became the Turkish “Tülbent”, which in turn evolved into the Danish “Tulipán” – all meaning “turban” – which later became “Tulipe” in French, which means “Tulip”.
And that’s where the word “tulip” comes from!
Facts 5: Vincent van Gogh never painted tulips.
Did you know that although Vincent van Gogh has a particular passion for nature, he has never painted a tulip in his life? Yet there is a species of tulip named after a famous painter. ‘Vincent van Gogh tulip’ is reddish-brown and grows to about 50-60cm.
Facts 6: Tulips come in many colors except blue.
Did you know that tulips come in nearly every rainbow color except blue? Pure green tulips exist only with paint or Photoshop. Some species of tulips have ‘blue’ in their name, but they are purple rather than blue.