Did the pilgrims eat pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce at the first Thanksgiving?
they ate cranberry sauce
Sara Josepha Hale, most famous for writing the nursery rhyme 'Mary Had a Little Lamb', decided that after she read a pilgrims diary that she wanted to recreate that first meal between the pilgrims and the natives. She made Thanksgiving an annual holiday in the 1880's and published recipes for Turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and potato.
When you're eating cranberry sauce today - the one day a year when it seems like a good idea - know this about the Pilgrims. Yes, they had cranberries. No, they didn't have sugar. I, for one, can't imagine cranberry sauce without a sweetener. There's more. Turkey wasn't the only fowl the Pilgrims ate - they also cooked cranes, partridges and, believe it or not, eagles. The History Channel, in conjunction with food historians, put…