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Did you know that turkey, squash, pumpkins, cranberries, tomatoes, corn and potatoes are native to the Americas?

Asked by LostInParadise (31813points) 2 months ago

Your Thanksgiving meal probably was not reflective of the original meal of the Pilgrims, which was dominated by venison and shellfish, but a lot of what is currently served did originate in the New World. If you used peppers, that can also be added to the list.

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ragingloli's avatar

The only important ones are tomatoes and potatoes. You can keep the rest.

JLeslie's avatar

Makes sense that they are all part of the Thanksgiving meal.

Here’s the wikipedia. If you read the history it says it started as a religious holiday. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_(United_States)#:~:text=The%20event%20that%20Americans%20commonly,of%20the%20Mayflower%20(Pilgrims).

LostInParadise's avatar

@JLeslie , According to your link, greenbeans also originated in the Americas. I did not know that.

@ragingloli, What if we throw in chocolate, vanilla, pecans and peanuts?

JLeslie's avatar

Ah, green bean casserole. Thanks for this Q.

flutherother's avatar

Tomatoes is the one that surprised me.

Forever_Free's avatar

What about Jello salad?

ragingloli's avatar

@JLeslie
I will accept the chocolate. There are enough other nuts, like Deez Nuts (Ha, got’em!), and vanilla is, well, vanilla.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What about cheesecake?

JLeslie's avatar

I think cheesecake was first made by the Greeks or Romans, not Americans.

LostInParadise's avatar

Cheesecake does not fit in with Thanksgiving. Christmas maybe, but not Thanksgiving.

ragingloli's avatar

Since “thanksgiving” is just a glorified harvest festival, which are common throughout the world, a cake absolutely fits.

JLeslie's avatar

Usually, Thanksgiving is associated with pies not cakes.

Dutchess_III's avatar

It. Was. A. Joke.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

You do understand Cheesecakes are really a pie (custard with cream cheese) . . .

JLeslie's avatar

Hmmm. Interesting point!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yes @Tropical_Willie. Cake involves flour.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@janbb A deli I use to frequent, 40 years ago, in West Palm Beach while on business trips. They made ” Killer Cake ” No flour and four kinds of chocolate.

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