November 16, 2018

11 Popular Thanksgiving Myths You Should Stop Believing

They ate pumpkin pie for dessert

A few things definitely weren’t on the menu, including pumpkin pie—in those days, the Pilgrims boiled their pumpkin and ate it plain. Other foods that may have been on the menu: cod, bass, clams, oysters, Indian corn, native berries and plums, all washed down with water, beer made from corn, and another drink the Pilgrims affectionately called ‘strong water.’

And since the Pilgrims didn’t yet have flour mills or cattle, there was no bread other than cornbread, and no beef, milk, or cheese. And the Pilgrims didn’t eat any New England lobsters, either. Reason: They mistook them for large insects.

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