This most elegant of flowers has, in its many forms, been cherished through the ages.
Its beauty prompted kings to dot their imperial gardens with thousands of bulbs. In the time of the Ottoman Empire, the tulip was revered above all other flowers; it was considered a symbol of abundance, nobility and privilege. And in early-1600s Europe, in the speculative frenzy known as the “Tulip Mania,” great fortunes were made – and sometimes, lost.
Today tulips are grown on such a large scale that they can be found in every super-market and corner store. But such is its beauty that this mass-market approach has in no way belittled this striking flower’s appeal.
At least for me. Every January, tulips grace almost every room in the house with their colorful petals and graceful stems. They grant us the hope of spring and a ray of sunshine when we most need it… during the bleakest months of the year.
Disclaimer: As always, my point of view is my own. I do not accept samples, and have no commercial relationship with any product, food or wine company.