Happy Thanksgiving everybody!!! This holiday is going to be off the hook with all our family and friends gathering together for a gigantic feast of togetherness and food. I even have a special illusion planned where I set the entire table in just 3 seconds with only the turning off and on of the lights.
For this post I wanted to briefly talk about the very first meal the settlers had with the native Americans. Regrettably there was no documentation of what exactly they had to eat at that meal, but there have been second hand accounts and educated guesses on what actually filled everyone’s bellies which in turn, over time, inspired such a grandiose American holiday.
First and foremost, the Wampanoag Indians gathered at Plymouth for an autumn corn harvest celebration in November of 1621. There were turkeys in that region but most likely the settlers and Indians both hunted the local foul and deer for meat.
The common vegetables were spinach, peas, onions, lettuce, beans, carrots, cabbage, and carrots. There were also pumpkins and assorted gourds that were eaten. The pumpkins most likely were hollowed out and filled with honey, milk, and spices to make a custard. The gourds would have been set over hot embers to slowly cook. The local fruit was plentiful, like blueberries, plums, grapes, gooseberries, raspberries, and of course cranberries. There were also turnips and ground nuts, but no potatoes. Even though Spain was introducing them into Europe, the settlers did not have access to them when they left port.
There wasn’t any pumpkin pie either. The sugar that the settlers brought over from Europe was depleted by the time they reached the Americas. And they didn’t have any butter or wheat flour. They also did not have any cranberry sauce, since the process of boiling cranberries with sugar wasn’t done until the late 1670’s.
Finally not many people realize it, but their was a lot of seafood eaten back at that time, and most likely was a big part of the feast. They had access to lobster, bass, clams, oysters, and mussels.
With all this put together into a pretty great feast, this momentous get-together was not actually the very first celebration of our national holiday. The harvest celebration of thanks has been practiced for centuries all over the world. A lot of it was even based on religious practices.
However, no matter what the reasons were on making this date of Thanksgiving a national holiday; shining light on the pilgrims and the native Americans sharing a very bountiful feast together. It is the singular point of giving thanks to what we have that has remained pure and sacred.
I wish you all a wonderful holiday and I thank you with all my heart for visiting my blog.
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