Although it’s described as a blend for all types of meat and fish, Bell’s Seasoning is specifically linked with Thanksgiving in the memories of many. Founded by William G. Bell three years after Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday, the mixture has not changed since it was created in Quincy Market Place in 1867 with spices originally milled in the North End and sold in a can. As the company marks a big anniversary, we rang up some other numbers on Bell’s.
• 7 ingredients in the blend: Rosemary, oregano, sage, ginger, marjoram, thyme and pepper
• 34 states that sell it in grocery stores
• 45 years it’s been made in Weymouth
• 150 years that it has been sold
• More than 1 million Thanksgiving meals that include the seasoning every year