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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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4:38AM PDT on Mar 26, 2015

I once toured some tulips fields in Holland, such a beautiful nation. Many years later while doing my family tree I found out that some of my ancestors were Dutch. I am so glad that I was able to visit the country and I hope I never forget how beautiful the tulip fields are.

4:40PM PDT on Mar 19, 2015

Love from my tulip country Holland

9:51AM PDT on Mar 16, 2015

Thank you

1:18AM PDT on Mar 12, 2015

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6:46AM PDT on Mar 10, 2015

Enjoy the Tulips around you, wherever you are! Thank you for the article!

5:30AM PDT on Mar 10, 2015

ty

7:39AM PST on Mar 7, 2015

Thanks

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...???

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