A Quick History of the Cornucopia in America (and a Fun Way to Improve Tradition)

In the United States of America we celebrate Thanksgiving, the fourth Thursday of every November.  We have President Abraham Lincoln to thank for making it an official national holiday. 




The cornucopia is a part of our American traditions.  A cornucopia is called “horn of plenty”, and it is a symbol of a harvest. Usually you see it pictured as a goat's horn overflowing with various fruits and vegetables – apples, grapes, oranges, pumpkin, corn on the cob; and some people put nuts and/or flowers in their cornucopia.   




Since I grew up in Miami, Florida, and have enjoyed many wonderful tropical and exotic fruits, I like to toy with the idea of filling my own cornucopia.  As replacements for the traditional foods, or in addition to them. My cornucopia would include fruits such as: pomegranates, persimmons, plantains, mangos, kiwis, star apples, and pineapples.  As for vegetables? Zucchini and a bunch of kale, Swiss chard or collard greens !  :)  I would not include nuts or flowers.  But that's just me.




Whether or not you live in a country that celebrates a Thanksgiving holiday, suppose you were filling up your horn of plenty in celebration of a harvest.  What fruits and/or veggies and/or flowers would include?




Cornucopia – American Thanksgiving


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Suny Ag
25 Nov

I know all about Thanksgiving in general and as a person living in an area where this custom is in place, I am learning more about it. What a unique way to remember and support! Looking forward to one on Boxing Day. Cheers, and welcome on board.

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Treathyl Fox
25 Nov

Thank you for your comment and thanks for hooking up with me here.  I am enjoying myself here.

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