Saturday, February 19, 2005

Tiptoe Through The Tulips

Most people think that tulips originated in the Netherlands, what with the endless hullaballoo over Dutch bulbs and the themed festivals and all that. Tulips are actually a Persian specialty. The Arabian Nights is loaded with references to tulips.

3 comments:

martin said...

Yep. In fact "turban" and "tulip" come from the same Persian root.

Leah said...

in Dutch, tulips are called "tulpan," if that helps.

They were imported to Leiden, the Netherlands, in the 1600's to be grown in the botanical gardens of the oldest Dutch University there. Tulpen took off, and now everyone associates them with the Dutch.

Leah said...

correction (I got it right the second time):

I meant to say that tulips are called "tulpen." I don't remember the exact etymology of the word, but I believe it had something to do with the origin in the mideast.

The Dutch were great explorers back in the day.