With Valentine’s day just around the corner – and it’s own interesting links to Greek (geek!) mythology – let us delve into the world of roses.
Did you know:
- The oldest rose fossils are at least 35 million years old? (found in Colorado)
- The oldest still living rose (bush) is the ‘thousand-year-rose’ of Hildesheim (‘home of Hulda’), in Germany?
- It’s origin myth connects it with the Virgin Mary as well as the Saxon Goddess Hulda/Frau Holle?
- The oldest representation of a rose is a famous fresco (the blue bird) in the palace of Minos in Knossos, Crete?
- The rose played a prominent part in Greek, Roman, and Middle-Eastern mythology?
- No exact information has yet been obtained about the first cultivation of rose? (It seems that Greece, Rome, Middle East, and China have been cultivating roses from the ancient time though)
- All roses are edible? (non-sprayed/non-fertilized ones, that is -> if you want to try them, be sure to follow this advice!)
Well.. now you do!
What new things have you learned this week?