I learned something new today.
In the 1600's tulips were said to cost 10 times a working man's salary in the Netherlands, making them more costly than some houses.
I went digging a bit further to find that tulips did not originate in the Netherlands even though they are the largest producer of tulips.
The tulip originated in Persia and Turkey and were likely transported to the Netherlands during early trade relations. The tulip played an important role in the culture and art of Turkey and Persia, including being worn tucked into the turbans. And the name tulip derives from the Persia word for turban.
Once back in the Netherlands, tulip frenzy hit, crashing markets in the 17th Century.
There are over 150 species of tulips with over 3,000 different varieties. Here are a few.
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