Happy Thanksgiving -- I hope You Enjoy an Authentic Mexican Meal Today - Turkey

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Venture Realty International

Clipart - TurkeyYou may not have realized it but the domestic turkey originated in the Yucatán in Mexico.

The Aztecs had domestic turkeys before the Spanish arrived.  In fact the Spanish took turkeys to Europe and domestic turkeys even came back to the Americas with the Pilgrims.

So today I am thankful to Mexico for our holiday birds. 

There are also a lot of other dishes that you may have on your holiday table that originated in Latin America. 

Some of them are: Sweet potatoes, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, avocados, pineapples and possibly pumpkins.

I hope you and your family enjoy your Thanksgiving -- especially the parts that are courtesy of Mexico and the rest of Latin America.



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Comments (20)

Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


I didn't know that turkeys were native to Mexico.  I knew about the other others, though.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Nov 24, 2011 05:41 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Gary- who knew?!? Then I'm thankful as well because I'm smelling the wonderful aroma of our turkey roasting in the oven. Yum... Have a very Happy Thanksgiving. 

Nov 24, 2011 05:51 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gary-I have thankful for all the good things that we have on thanksgiving and every day like your friendship. That is PRICELESS.  Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 24, 2011 05:55 AM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Evelyn, I knew that turkey dishes were popular in Mexico but I didn't know that they originated there until recently.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving. 

Kathy,  The aroma is so wonderful I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful too.

Sharon, We all have so many things to be thankful for. All of our friendships in the Rain are so wonderful. Have a Very happy Thanksgiving.

May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes 'n gravy have nary a lump.

Nov 24, 2011 06:09 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Gary thank you for the turkey education.  Now we know the rest of the story.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours my friend.

Nov 24, 2011 06:10 AM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

John, I thought it was an interesting fact when I learned it. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.  I hope you and yours have a Very Happy Thanksgiving too.

Nov 24, 2011 06:23 AM
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

Hi Gary,

Thanks for your Turkey story, I had heard that before, but once you are eating the bird everything else fades to the background.....

Happy Thanksgivings

To all of our American Friends and Active Rainers,

(for us Canucks it it just Thursday and Black Friday is also a none event).....

We are Grateful to have so many American Rain Friends like you.

The World is a better place by the virtue of you sharing and caring for your community here in the rain and your home town.

Nov 24, 2011 07:27 AM
Valarie Swanson
CENTURY 21 Award - San Diego, CA
San Diego Real Estate

Gary, that's an interesting fact. Thanks for sharing it. I taught my 10 year old son and nephew something new today while on vacation from school (insert evil laugh here). Thanks for making me look smart to my kid :) Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2011 07:30 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love the story of the turkey being domesticated in Mexico, Mucho Gracias to another culinary delight from Mexico, Happy Thanksgiving. A

Nov 24, 2011 07:42 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Happy Thanksgiving Gary and thank you for the history about the foods that were consumed today.

All the best.

Nov 24, 2011 11:58 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and evening Gary

Gary, I sure did wanted to make sure to get by your blog to leave a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

May each and every day bring you and your family many blessings!

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Nov 24, 2011 01:35 PM
Cheryl Dickson
Retired Realtor / Retired Home Inspector - Oklahoma City, OK
Retired Realtor, GRI / Retired Home Inspector

Oh yum!!! Mexican food is my absolute favorite! So I'm not surprised to find that domestic turkey's come from Mexico. It makes perfect sense! Thank you for the little lesson, I had no idea.

I really enjoyed visiting with you. Hope you took a break and had some turkey, then a little Siesta!


Nov 24, 2011 02:02 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Gary - Yes, I love all the food you mentioned. So, I'm thankful for Latin American this Thanksgiving Day!

Hope yours was wonderful!

Nov 24, 2011 02:38 PM
Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage,NMLS ID 6666 - Sacramento, CA
Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609

Your post is making me hungry.  I think I'll go have a sandwich.  I had no idea about the origin of domestic turkeys before now.  Just glad they finally made it back here.

Nov 24, 2011 03:09 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

YEP! Most of my latin american friends celebrate Thanksgiving just like we do!! :))) No discrimination with this holiday! HA!

Nov 24, 2011 03:57 PM
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC


I am well stuffed with comida azteca.  Great day!

Nov 24, 2011 04:17 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Enjoy the Holiday Season.

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Nov 24, 2011 10:29 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and that your Black Friday won't get too stressful and mess up the rest of your weekend!

Happy Black Friday!

Nov 25, 2011 02:53 AM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Wow who knew?  Thanks Gary - I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

Nov 25, 2011 05:04 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway California Realty - Beaumont, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Gary, 

I did not know the true turkey story so thanks for the history lesson. I love trivia so I learned something new today.

Happy Black Friday. Stay safe with all the crowds out there.

Nov 25, 2011 07:27 AM