As Heard on The Daily Gardener Podcast:
Today's book recommendation: Tulipomania: The Story of the World’s Most Coveted Flower and the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused by Mike Dash
It’s hard to believe, but in the 1630s, the tulip trade was a big deal.
Tulip bulbs changed hands for incredible amounts of money. At one point, flowers were being sold for more than the cost of a home. This was truly Tulipomania and as the book shares, it was the first futures market in history.
The book documents the ancestry of the tulip. From their origins in Asia, migrating west to Turkey, and then to Antwerp where a man working on the docks, sees a stray bulb on the ground, picks it up, takes it home, and ate it - thinking it was an onion.
Dash is an excellent writer. The book is a delightful read.
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