Contact Us

What Did the Pilgrims Eat at the First Thanksgiving? Not Turkey

Separating fact from fiction on the details of the first Thanksgiving Day feast with the Pilgrims and Indians is difficult at best.  This much seems sure, it was a huge banquet filled with the bounty of the season’s harvest.  Many of today’s menu items weren’t on the list, including turkey.  Check out the complete menu.


Joe Raedle/Getty Images

According to Patrick Ball of the website, Concord Patch the menu most likely consisted of the following items.

The first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts featured lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese


Doesn’t lobster seem wrong?  I realize they we’re a stone’s throw from the ocean, and lobster was readily available, but could you imagine the cost of that meal today?  Relatives you didn’t even remember would be showing up for that meal.

Patrick has lots of great Thanksgiving trivia at the site, including this factoid.  “The majority of turkeys in the US are imported from Canada.”  Click here for more.



Best Of Big Frog 104

Recommended For You

Best Of The Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Big Frog Rewards Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Big Frog Rewards Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.