23 mrt Bitter
Rieckje Tromp, 1662
Flower bulbs became utterly worthless after the collapse of the tulip trade in the Golden Age. The situation had become so dire that people came up with creative ways to sell their wares. Miriam Riecken was a clever woman who made a culinary discovery in the form of deep-fried, breaded tulip bulbs. She referred to these delicacies as ‘bitterbollen’ because of their bitter taste.
Over time, the bulbs were replaced with a different filling, which explains the ‘bitter’ in the Dutch word ‘bitterbal’. These snacks are still immensely popular in the Netherlands.