It doesn't get much more traditional than a Thanksgiving turkey. Nearly 90 percent of Americans eat turkey as the main course on the Thanksgiving holiday.
Even though turkeys were native to the New World, turkey was quite popular for British holiday meals. Early explorers brought turkeys back to Europe after discovering them in the Americas. Therefore, it's not surprising that when early American settlers sat down to enjoy a feast, they chose turkey as their main course.
Scholars aren't sure that the Pilgrims even ate turkey at the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth. Records show they ate "wild fowl," but that could also mean goose or duck. However, since turkeys are native to North America, they quickly caught on as a traditional Thanksgiving bird. It doesn't hurt that turkeys are much bigger than chickens, too -- so one turkey can feed a lot of hungry people.
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