Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Taste of Tulips

An email

I can tell you what tulip bulbs taste like - not because I have eaten them, but I met several Amsterdammers who had to live on them during the Great Starvation during the war. They told me that they have a disgusting sweet taste and you never want to eat them again. But they can sustain life, at a pinch.

In Dutch they are tulpen, which is nearer to the original Turkish word for a turban, which they are named for. Tulpomanie.


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