From turkeys and collard greens to pecans and sweet potatoes, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute maps your Thanksgiving meal:
North Carolina is among eight states where turkeys outnumber people. The birds have us beat 3-1. While NC will produce an estimated 29 million turkeys this year, Carolina Demography notes the state reached peak turkey in 1992:
NC turkey production less than half of 1992’s peak. 1992: 62M 2015: 29M pic.twitter.com/xVgr4sEjLI
— Carolina Demography (@ncdemography) November 23, 2015
Of course, you won’t find cranberries on any list of local crops. Civil Eats dives in to explain the dearth of organic cranberries:
When Jessika Tantisook and her partner took over a conventionally grown cranberry bog in hopes of turning it into an organic farm, university researchers and other growers told them it couldn’t be done.
We’re simply talking about the origin story of a dish that speaks to how far we’ve come, and how ingenious enslaved Africans and African Americans were, taking what little they had and turning it into delicacies that crossed the color line. For me, it’s also the story of how one dish can show connections between groups of people believed to be irreconcilably divided.
And when you’re tired of fighting with your family about politics, you can argue over what’s missing from Sheri Castle’s list of seven essential Southern dishes:
A universal Southern dish is more often a universal Southern concept. Each community or family can have its own convictions. And each is damn sure its way is the best. But go 50 miles in any direction and there will be another set of equally heartfelt convictions that its version is better.