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Why We Eat What We Eat On Thanksgiving

It truly is an All-American meal.

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Turkey

Though there were wild turkeys in the Plymouth area, deer was served on the first Thanksgiving in 1621. Turkey became a staple holiday dish after President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, published in 1843, popularized the turkey with gravy and stuffing dish.
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Though there were wild turkeys in the Plymouth area, deer was served on the first Thanksgiving in 1621. Turkey became a staple holiday dish after President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, published in 1843, popularized the turkey with gravy and stuffing dish.

46 million turkeys are served on Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Sauce

The cranberry is native to North America. As a wild perennial, Native Americans used cranberries as both food and medicine and probably introduced it to the Pilgrims. Though cranberries were most likely eaten at the first Thanksgiving, it's unlikely there was cranberry sauce since sugar was hard to come by at the time.
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The cranberry is native to North America. As a wild perennial, Native Americans used cranberries as both food and medicine and probably introduced it to the Pilgrims. Though cranberries were most likely eaten at the first Thanksgiving, it's unlikely there was cranberry sauce since sugar was hard to come by at the time.

74% of Americans serve store-bought cranberry sauce at their Thanksgiving meals.

Pumpkin Pie

The squash dates back 9,000 year to Mexico and was cultivated by Native Americans who roasted or boiled it. The Pilgrims probably served stewed pumpkin with milk and honey.
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The squash dates back 9,000 year to Mexico and was cultivated by Native Americans who roasted or boiled it. The Pilgrims probably served stewed pumpkin with milk and honey.

According to the American Pie Council, pumpkin pie was served on the Pilgrim’s second Thanksgiving in 1623.

Sweet Potatoes

Virginia first cultivated sweet potatoes in 1648 with the addition of the buttery marshmallow topping coming into play in the 1920s and 30s, when marshmallows became widely available.
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Virginia first cultivated sweet potatoes in 1648 with the addition of the buttery marshmallow topping coming into play in the 1920s and 30s, when marshmallows became widely available.

The sweet potato is a native American plant discovered by Columbus and his shipmates, probably on the West Indies islands off the coast of Yucatan and Honduras.

Green Bean Casserole

The famous dish was actually invented by Campbell's in 1955 in order to promote their cream of mushroom soup.
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The famous dish was actually invented by Campbell's in 1955 in order to promote their cream of mushroom soup.

About 50 percent of French fried onions are sold during Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter because of that casserole,

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