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12 Fascinating Facts About Tulips

7. By 1636, the tulip bulb was the fourth leading export for Holland — after gin, herring and cheese.

8. There are over 3000 varieties of tulips.Tulips are divided into 15 groups with wonderful names such as Parrot, Rembrandt and Triumph.

9. Some tulips smell as they are named. Apricot Beauty for example smells like apricots. Many of the peach and apricot-colored tulips have a fruity fragrance. The Cod Liver Fancy Tulip smells like cod liver (just kidding — there is no such thing!)

10. Tulips did not arrive to the United States until the 1800s. The first referenced account of tulips growing in the U.S. pinpoints Salem and Lynn, Massachusetts. A wealthy land owner, Richard Sullivan Fay, Esq., settled on 500 acres straddling the two towns and here he planted trees and flowers from all over the world.

11.Tulips are edible. Try pesticide-free tulip petals on your salad or deserts. They add striking beauty, color, and fragrance to many dishes when creatively incorporated. In the Dutch famine of 1944 (due to German-occupation during WWII), people often resorted to eating sugar beets and tulips.

12. Tulip Festivals are held across the world every spring. In Utah, Thanksgiving Point hosts the only Intermountain West tulip festival with over 250,000 brightly-colored tulips on display over their 55-acre garden. The Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa claims to be the biggest tulip extravaganza in the world with over 300,000 tulips on display.

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.

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9:21AM PDT on May 6, 2014

Love tulips! Thanks!

4:49AM PDT on May 2, 2014

Don't take things for granted

11:48AM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

Tip-toe through the tulips...won't You come along...???

5:45PM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

I love tulips...thanks....

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2:29AM PDT on Mar 29, 2014

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2:48AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Love tulips!

6:35PM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

Cherise; lovely article, great facts about the tulip, and very interesting comments from the members. Keep the information coming.

7:17AM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

thanks *o* ♥♥♥

8:27PM PDT on May 22, 2013

love tulips!

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