did the different
foods we eat on Thanksgiving become official? Here's what we
- No one is really sure
why the turkey became the official meat of
Thanksgiving. A book written by William Bradford,
governor of the Plymouth Colony (Pilgrims), mentions wild
turkeys but doesn't say they were eaten in fall harvest
- Corn was kept
dried out in the late fall/early winter. The Pilgrims
probably didn't eat, on the cob or off.
- Sweet potatoes
were not common at all in New England. And regular
potatoes, well, they weren't commonly available
- Pumpkin pie as
a recipe didn't exist, and they didn't have ovens anyway.
But the Pilgrims did make a sort of pumpkin
- Cranberry sauce
wasn't a possibility, although the Pilgrims had
cranberries, because they didn't have sugar.
do know that the people who ate these thanksgiving feasts
didn't eat in stages, or courses, as many people do now.
They simply put all the food on the table and ate whatever
they wanted first, then second, then last. And the more
important you were, the more food you got set down near
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