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.
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.