Lots of Americans cannot think of turkey without thinking of Thanksgiving, and cannot think of Thanksgiving without thinking of turkey! The two tend to go hand-in-hand! Where does this turkey-rific tradition come from?
There is no single answer to exactly when or why we started eating turkey on Thanksgiving, but it’s a practice that Americans have had for a very long time! It is said that at the “first” Thanksgiving in 1621, some of the colonists went out “fowling,” or hunting for poultry for their feast. While we don’t know for sure that they ate turkey, it’s possible that birds such as wild turkey, goose, or duck were on the menu.
People also attribute turkey’s practicality and affordability to its popularity. Most people who eat turkey on Thanksgiving today do so because it’s tradition, although it’s likely that this tradition came from availability; while other meats were expensive, turkey was both available and tasty! – Yum!