The first official Groundhog Day was celebrated February 2, 1886 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The tradition of waiting to see if this creature saw its shadow originated from Germany and was adapted to an American tradition when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania. In Germany they watched hedgehogs or badgers to see if there would be six more weeks of winter. Even though we use this animal to help predict the weather, the real reason the groundhog emerges from its burrow in early spring is to mate, not the weather. These creatures are usually hunted in March. Can they be eaten? Well the saying goes, “If you kill it, you eat it!” According to Jim Ramsey of Indiana, his March Maddness isn’t baseball but varmint hunting. Below are some really interesting recipes for enjoying this Groundhog Day.
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