Turkey, mashed potatoes and corn were nowhere near the first Thanksgiving table in 1621. The first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts featured lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup/honey, and radishes
Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on October 3rd 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving. He was persuaded by Sarah Josepha Hale, the author of the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.
In 2011, 248 million turkeys were estimated to be raised in the United States. That was up 2 percent from the number raised in 2010!
A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat and usually boasts around 3,500 feathers.
The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.