Pacific Bulb Society

Jim McKenney
Tue, 30 Oct 2007 06:53:41 PDT
Roger Whitlock asked: " Jim McKenney also mentioned tulips as foodstuffs,
but this surprised 
me. The only mentions I've seen to eating tulip bulbs refer to the 
Dutch famine during WWII under the Nazi occupation. Do you have a 
reference to historical eating of tulip bulbs, Jim?"

I'm sorry, Roger, I can't cite a reference off the top of my head. I'm
pretty sure I've seen speculation about this in accounts of the distribution
of, for instance, Tulipa sylvestris in England (where this sometimes
so-called "English tulip"  is very doubtfully native). 

As time allows, I'll check some references here; if I find anything, I'll
let you know. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where there was frozen water
on the crocus this morning.
My Virtual Maryland Garden

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