Tulips Were Once More Valuable Than Gold
Whenever you think of the Netherlands, you probably think of clogs, Van Gogh – and tulips.
Yup, Holland is famous for its tulips. But although rows and rows of these flowers can be seen in Dutch countrysides today and can be bought for just a few euros from a garden centre, there was a time when the tulip was a bit more precious. In 17th century Netherlands, the tulip was more valuable than gold.
Back in those days, the pretty bulbs symbolised immortality, as well as love and life itself. In the 1630’s, tulips were so in demand that “tulip mania” gripped Europe so much that tulips actually became a form of currency!
You didn’t get much bang for your buck, though, as tulips don’t really live longer than seven days.….READ MORE ON THE NEXT PAGE