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Edible and Symbol of Love, the Tulip

For many, tulips signal the start of spring. But for some it also symbolizes love.

Next time you pick up a bouquet consider the color. Red tulips represent true love, while white ones say, "I'm sorry.” A multi-colored bouquet is said to compliment the recipient’s eyes.

The shape of the tulip blossom inspired its name. It originated from the Persian word for turban. 

And tulips are edible as long as they have not been treated with pesticides and you’re not allergic. The flowers are said to taste like beans, lettuce or bland with no real taste at all.  Parts of the bulbs have been used for making bread and as an onion substitute. During World War II, tulips and tulip breads were often the only available and affordable food. You can still find recipes for cooking with and making wine from tulips.

A bit more information:  In 1980, Dutch horticulturist J.W.S. Van der Wereld, with Parkinson’s disease, developed a red and white tulip. He named it ‘Dr. James Parkinson’ to honor the English apothecary surgeon who originally described the disease in 1812.

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