Do you know why we eat what we eat on Thanksgiving? Our Thanksgiving feast comprises of sweet potato pie, mashed potatoes and of course the sumptuous turkey. Why turkey became such an indispensable part of Thanksgiving celebration in America is an ambiguous question. There are a lot of theories and stories behind how we ended up enjoying this delectable feast. Let us gain an insight on a few here.
As per records by American Historians, turkey was apparently not a part of first Thanksgiving dinner. It comprised majorly of fowl, fishes, deer and corn. Although the kind of fowl that was served then is again not known but it is assumed that turkey-hunting did happen before the feast.
Sarah Josepha Hale – the one name behind making Thanksgiving a national holiday is also a major contributor in pinning down our festive menu. The author of ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’ wrote several articles giving ideas on various recipes that one could make. This is how turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie became such an integral part of our Thanksgiving treat.
Eating turkey on Thanksgiving is also a consequence of keeping up with the British holiday traditions. Moreover, turkey was indeed the most practical feast for Thanksgiving and Christmas. A spring bird that it is, a turkey grows to about 10-15 pounds in 6 to 7 months; so, by the time festivities start, this bird becomes big enough for a lavish meal.
Economically, turkey is highly affordable and is sizable enough to host a large celebration. It is much cheaper than other poultry birds namely geese, chicken, etc. and with American tradition of relishing on Thanksgiving feast for the entire winter, there could be nothing more apt than turkey.
So, do you think there could be nothing else suitable for Thanksgiving feast than turkey? If not turkey, then what would you want to celebrate this festivity with? We would love to know your ideas. Also, do share with us your Thanksgiving plans in the comment box below.