By: Braxton Tejkl

This year, 2016, Thanksgiving is on November 24. People believe that the first Thanksgiving dates back to 1621 as a feast holiday. Historians believe that the holiday was formed when the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians gathered at Plymouth for an autumn feast. This gathering and celebration became known as Thanksgiving.

Many people’s Thanksgiving meals consist of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, but in 1621 that was not the menu the Pilgrims and Indians were eating. The settlers ate things such as duck and geese for main course, carrots, spinach, onions and beans for vegetables. Corn was plentiful but they removed the corn and turned it into cornmeal to eat it that way. Fruits include grapes, plums, blueberries, and raspberries however they did not make them into any sauces because the sugar that they brought across the Atlantic was nearly gone. Historians also believe that seafood was a much larger part of the menu for the first Thanksgiving than it is today. Potatoes seemed to not be at the table at all for the feast. The Pilgrims had not brought any potatoes over and the Indians did not know of them. Although there was pumpkin eaten at the first Thanksgiving, they lacked the ingredients to form a crust and did not have the technology to bake a pie. No matter what is on the menu at your Thanksgiving meal, enjoy the holiday.