Thanksgiving this year falls on Thursday, November 22.
Although, historically, the American Thanksgiving is celebrated around a centerpiece of roasted turkey, there is little evidence that our traditional feast mirrors our ancestors.
No records were kept, but it is thought that the original Thanksgiving participants probably enjoyed venison, fish, shellfish, geese, swan, nuts, turnips, cabbage, spinach, and beans. Corn was probably available but would have been made into a porridge sweetened with honey. Potatoes, white and sweet, would not have been on the menu, as they would not yet have made their way from South America. Pies, breads, and sweets would not have been enjoyed because butter, sugar, and flour were not yet available.
Even though the menus may slightly differ, we still enjoy our Thanksgiving.
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