Why Pumpkin Pie at Thanksgiving
The title begs the question, but your first response may be “do we really need a reason?”
Prior to the late 1700's, Thanksgiving focused mainly around the church. Around the late 1700's, the holiday began to also revolve around food and family. During this time, we also see a rise in immigration to the United States from the United Kingdom.
The British also brought with them goods from their homeland, including butter and baking flour, which are key ingredients to their beloved meat, fish, and fruit pies. The Pilgrims and Native American tribes did not have butter or flour, the two key ingredients to a pie crust.
In the early 19th century, a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale, who was a widow with five children, worked as a writer and editor to help support her family. Sarah’s fondness for Thanksgiving led her to write for over 17 years to presidents, various members of Congress, and every state’s governor requesting that Thanksgiving be deemed a national holiday.
Sarah strongly believed the holiday would help unite people from all over the country. Her appeals struck the sensitivity of the American President, and in 1863, shortly after the Battle of Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of Thanksgiving to be held yearly on the last Thursday in November. Sarah’s love for food and pastries, especially pumpkin pie, helped set the table for the popular dessert enjoyed by families across the globe today.
We would like to take this time to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.
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