It is a proven fact that the turkey is the main dish during Thanksgiving, that’s the first thing that comes to everyone’s minds when Thanksgiving rolls around. Everyone wants the biggest possible turkey money can buy, but how well do we really know about the most popular food during thanksgiving? Before you go turkey hunting this year here is a little history about how the turkey became a legendary bird backed by some interesting facts.
Why do we eat turkey at Thanksgiving?
We are still not sure whether the very first Thanksgiving included the famous bird, but we do know that the first Thanksgiving included beef and birds (still not sure if the “bird” talked about was the turkey). Wild turkeys were incredibly easy to access. Also, at that time, turkey was often regarded as being a plentiful American meal. In fact, Edward Winslow who was the governor at Plymouth noted that they hunted turkey before the Thanksgiving meal which makes everyone assume that turkeys were one the menu since they were hunted. At the end of the day we are not 100% sure if they did or not but we still eat turkey every Thanksgiving because we think they did.
•46 Million turkeys are eaten every Thanksgiving.
•The average household turkey is 15 pounds.
•It took 17 years of convincing to make Thanksgiving a holiday.
•The first Thanksgiving lasted 3 days!
•There were 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims.
•Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 2nd Monday of October in Canada.
Popular sides to go well with your turkey this year: