Our Recipe for Unity

The History of 9 Thanksgiving Favorites

See below our infographic detailing nine Thanksgiving foods with international origins (see below the infographic for links to read more).

We can’t help but wonder–what is “American” food? Take a moment to consider how surprised you may be to learn, for instance, that your favorite dish may have come from overseas, and consider why. When we consider how America came to be, and why it exists, is it so surprising to hear, for instance, that Mediterranean herbs season our turkey, or that stuffing was first made in the Middle East?

Share this page and PDF (click the image to download) and follow the embedded links to find associated Thanksgiving recipes. And, as always, we invite you to submit your own.

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Turkey
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyme#History
https://happydiyhome.com/how-to-harvest-thyme/
https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Rosemary#/History
https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Salvia_officinalis#/History

Mashed Potatoes
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mashed_potato#History

Green Beans
https://cals.arizona.edu/fps/sites/cals.arizona.edu.fps/files/cotw/Green_Beans.pdf

Stuffing
https://www.wsj.com/articles/much-ado-about-stuffing-a-history-1479479057

Cauliflower
http://www.biologydiscussion.com/vegetable-breeding/cauliflower-origin-production-and-varieties-india/68621

Gratin
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gratin

Cornbread
https://www.southernliving.com/veggies/corn/southern-history-of-cornbread-video

Mac and Cheese
http://www.cliffordawright.com/caw/food/entries/display.php/topic_id/16/id/105/

Sweet Potatoes
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_potato#Origin

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