Why Do We Eat Turkey for Thanksgiving?
Few things are so closely associated with a single holiday as the turkey is with Thanksgiving. Whether you do like most people and brave the pre-holiday throngs at grocery stores to buy your Butterball from a deep freezer, or go the ultra-traditional route of a pilgrim and take the woods to try your hand at calling a wild turkey into the gun, odds are, most of us are going to dine on the large bird this Thursday.
So how did the turkey become the designated meal of Thanksgiving dinners across the United States? Britannica, those encyclopedic folks, offers some insight into how this uniquely American bird has become the mouth-watering main menu item for many a family’s meal on this uniquely American holiday.