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What Pilgrims Really Ate At The First Thanksgiving

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What Pilgrims Really Ate At The First Thanksgiving
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Mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted turkey and pumpkin pie. A traditional Thanksgiving meal wouldn't be complete without these dishes. But is this what the Pilgrims ate at their first Thanksgiving?

This enlightening video from The Guardian tells us otherwise. Back in 1621, when the Pilgrims first sat down for a feast with the Wampanoag Indians, their dinner probably consisted of deer, birds and shellfish - all of which were readily available. Here's more:

"The only written account says that they ate five deer and some birds, probably a swan or a duck. Wild turkeys were harder to hunt down, but shellfish were easy to find, so they probably made it into the feast. …Cranberries were around, but sugar wasn’t. …As for potatoes, they were mostly still in South America. Stuffing made kind of an appearance, but it was pretty basic."

Watch below to see what the Pilgrims really ate at the first Thanksgiving and discover more fun facts. Then tell us...Are you shocked by the foods? Would you consider adding them to your Thanksgiving dinner? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Via Guardian Food

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