A New World of Food: Happy #Thanksgiving

It has been raining all day here, and I’m feeling lazy, so I decided to revisit a post I first published back in 2014.

roasted turkey on tableThanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, if only for the wonderful food. And as a history freak, I love that so much of the traditional Thanksgiving food are native to the Americas.

The food supply expanded when Europeans “discovered” the New World. Prior to Columbus’s first voyage in 1492, there were no turkeys, potatoes, yams and sweet potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins, cranberries or maize, i.e. Indian corn. There was a cereal grain called corn, but it’s more like wheat, not like the ears of corn we’re used to.

And there was no chocolate. Chocolate is native to the Americas, so the Spaniards were the first Europeans to encounter it. It became popular at court after the Spanish added sugar or honey to sweeten the natural bitterness. From there, chocolate spread through Europe in the 1600’s and grew into the international obsession is has become today.

Can you imagine a world without chocolate? I really wouldn’t like that at all!

Nor would I like a world without pumpkins or cranberries, two of my favorite ingredients for fall goodies. For breakfast, I’ve been eating bagels with Pumpkin Spice cream cheese on them all week. Yummy.

The weather this year is looking bad for most of the country, so drive carefully, if you must. I won’t be straying far from home.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Linda

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