WASHINGTON (AP) — As millions of Americans cook a traditional Thanksgiving meal, the Smithsonian Institution offers some history about that food’s origins.
Scientist Bruce Smith says many dishes eaten Thursday have roots in Mexico and South America. He says turkeys were domesticated twice — in central Mexico and in the U.S. Southwest. Turkeys eaten nowadays are derived from the Mexican turkeys.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Severe Thunderstorm Watch In Effect
At the first Thanksgiving, wild turkeys were eaten. Smith says domesticated turkeys likely were taken from Mexico to Europe and then introduced to the United States by settlers.READ MORE: More Than Two Dozen Injured After A Bus Flips Onto Its Side Along I-95 In Kingsville
Potatoes were domesticated in South America, likely Peru. But Europeans likely brought them to the U.S. Squash, pumpkins and corn likely spread by trading among American Indian tribes.MORE NEWS: 10-Year-Old Injured In A Double Shooting In Southeast Baltimore
Cranberries are native to the U.S. American Indians first used them as food.
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