Tasty But Treated - Beware!
Tulips are members of the lily family. Many of the plants in this family are edible! Believe it or not, the tulip bulb could be substituted for an onion (although they are a little more expensive and less flavorful)!
But, BEWARE! Your tulip bulb may be covered with an invisible poison to protect it from rotting. A very small micro-organism called a Botrytis tulipae is often found growing on tulip bulbs. Botrytis tulipae is a fungus which infects tulip bulbs and plants causing the disease known as tulip fire. To prevent this fungus from spreading, commercial growers often treat the bulbs with a chemical called a fungicide. This chemical, once it has been applied to the bulbs is invisible, yet poisonous. Always wash your hands after touching and handling tulip bulbs in case they have been treated with a fungicide. And, NEVER eat any tulip parts from bulbs that are grown commercially.
2.Tulips are only one kind of edible plant in the Lily family. Since
there are also many other plants out there that could be poisonous you
have to be educated before you attempt to eat any. What are some nearby
sources for learning more about which plants are edible?