Ever wonder about the history behind all that Thanksgiving food? With Thanksgiving just a week away many of us are busy getting ready for our big feast. As you prepare here is some fun trivia about when your turkey and some other common Thanksgiving dishes began.
Turkey: This dates back all the way to 1621! After a very harsh winter those left from the Plymouth Colony had a large three day feast with the Wampanoag Indians which included oysters, venison, duck, eel and turkey.
Stuffing: Traditional stuffing like we see on our Thanksgiving tables started in 1792. Before this, early settles used herbs, spices and crushed nuts on top of the turkey.
Pumpkin Pie: What would a Thanksgiving meal be without pumpkin pie?! This delicious stuff was first introduced in the 16th and 17th centuries in Britain among the upper class. It was made out of chopped apples and squash and enclosed in a thick pastry. True pumpkin pie was first enjoyed and made in the 1800s by American homemakers.
Sweet Potatoes: Marshmallows were a novelty around the beginning of the 20th century, so of course in 1917 the first recipe for sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping was introduced.
Jellied Cranberry Sauce: Just a little over 100 years ago you could only buy cranberries fresh and you could only get them twice a year…pretty hard to come by! It wasn’t until 1912 when a Yankee named Marcus L. Urann changed the world of cranberries. He is the founder of Ocean Spray and brought America it’s first log of jellied cranberry in a can in 1941.
Green Bean Casserole: This popular Thanksgiving favorite joined the table in 1955. It was created by a man named Dorcas Reilly, who was a home economics staff member at Cambell’s Soup Company.
Now you are ready for Thanksgiving! Also, don’t forget about Dr. Evan Merrill this Holiday season with any foot issues you may be having. The office of Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle LLC is well equipped and ready to help you improve your foot health. Make an appointment online or call us at 541-776-3338.