Menu for the First Thanksgiving

Holidays & Special Occasions Thanksgiving Menu for the First Thanksgiving

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      The Pilgrims’ Menu:
      (Foods That May Have Been on the Menu)
      Seafood: Cod, Eel, Clams, Lobster
      Wild Fowl: Wild Turkey, Goose, Duck, Crane, Swan, Partridge, Eagles
      Meat: Venison, Seal
      Grain: Wheat Flour, Indian Corn
      Vegetables: Pumpkin, Peas, Beans, Onions, Lettuce, Radishes, Carrots
      Fruit: Plums, Grapes
      Nuts: Walnuts, Chestnuts, Acorns
      Herbs and Seasonings: Olive Oil, Liverwort, Leeks, Dried Currants, Parsnips

      What Was Not on the Menu
      Surprisingly, the following foods, all considered staples of the modern Thanksgiving meal, didn’t appear on the pilgrims’s first feast table:
      Ham: There is no evidence that the colonists had butchered a pig by this time, though they had brought pigs with them from England.
      Sweet Potatoes/Potatoes: These were not common.
      Corn on the Cob: Corn was kept dried out at this time of year.
      Cranberry Sauce: The colonists had cranberries but no sugar at this time.
      Pumpkin Pie: It’s not a recipe that exists at this point, though the pilgrims had recipes for stewed pumpkin.
      Chicken/Eggs: We know that the colonists brought hens with them from England, but it’s unknown how many they had left at this point or whether the hens were still laying.
      Milk: No cows had been aboard the Mayflower, though it’s possible that the colonists used goat milk to make cheese.
      Source: Kathleen Curtin, Food Historian at Plimoth Plantation.

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Holidays & Special Occasions Thanksgiving Menu for the First Thanksgiving