The most popular tourist souvenirs from the Netherlands include clogs (wooden shoes), miniature windmills, cheese, and tulips.
Although it were the Portuguese who discovered tea in East Asia, it were the Dutch who started to import it commercially into Europe in 1610. By the way: tea didn't get to the UK until about 40 years later!
The Dutch are the biggest licorice eaters in the world. They consume 32 million kilos of the stuff every year.
Popular throughout the world, the 'stroopwafel' is undoubtedly the most famous and popular pastry from The Netherlands. A 'stroopwafel' is a unique kind of cookie. It is a waffle made from baked batter and sliced horizontally. The two thin layers of the waffle are filled with special sweet and sticky syrup (the 'stroop') in between. The stiff batter for the waffles is made from butter, flour, yeast, milk, brown sugar and eggs.
闻名全球的“荷式松饼”无疑是荷兰最出名的面食。虽然它名字里有“华夫 wafel”，但它是一种很独特的饼干。这是一种用面糊烤制而成的华夫，然后再垂直切片。两层薄薄的华夫之间要加上一种甜蜜浓稠的特殊糖浆，也就是 stroop。制作它的浓稠面糊是用黄油、面粉、酵母、牛奶、黄糖和鸡蛋制成的。
The 'kroket' is a deep fried roll with meat ragout inside, covered in breadcrumbs. The original Dutch 'kroket' is made from beef or veal, but there are many different flavors like chicken satay, shrimps, goulash or even a vegetarian 'kroket'. You can eat a 'kroket' as a snack, but most of the time they are served on sliced white bread or hamburger buns with mustard on the side.
Holland's version of pea soup is a thick green stew of split peas, pork, celery, onions and leeks, and contrary to its name, it's completely delicious.
Despite occupying only 0.008% of the world's surface, the Netherlands is its third largest agricultural exporter. The Netherlands is the world's biggest exporter of cheese; its dairy industry worth a mind-blowing 7 billion euros. The Dutch have been making cheese since 400 A.D. 70% of the world's bacon comes from the Netherlands.
The Dutch wear rain suits in lieu of umbrellas because of the blustery winds.
In the Netherlands, 4/10 people work part-time. That's the highest number in the European Union.
Delftware or Delft pottery, also known as Delft Blue, is a general term now used for Dutch tin-glazed earthenware, a form of faience. Most of it is blue and white pottery, and the city of Delft in the Netherlands was the major centre of production, but the term covers wares with other colours, and made elsewhere.