Sunday, November 13, 2011
Turkey Trivia…Just In Time For Thanksgiving
It's almost that time of year again…the fourth Thursday in November. In less than 2 weeks we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S. Americans cook approximately 45 million turkeys each year for Thanksgiving. So, in honor of the holiday, here are a dozen known and not so well known bits of trivia about turkeys.
1) All turkeys do not taste the same. The taste has to do with their age. An older male is preferable to a younger male (the younger tom is stringy). And the younger female hens are preferable to the older ones. Hmmm…that older man and younger woman syndrome? :)
2) A turkey less than 16 weeks old is called a fryer and a turkey 5 to 7 months of age is known as a roaster.
3) Turkeys are a type of pheasant and are the only breed of poultry native to the Western Hemisphere.
4) Wild turkeys are able to fly for short durations attaining speeds up to 55mph. Domesticated turkeys raised on farms for food are too fat and meaty to achieve flight.
5) We've all heard that Benjamin Franklin argued in favor of the turkey as the national symbol of America rather than the Bald Eagle.
6) The first turkeys to be domesticated were in Mexico and Central America.
7) The male turkey makes the gobble sound and the female clucks.
8) A mature turkey has about 3,500 feathers, which is a lot of plucking before it can be cooked.
9) The most turkeys produced annually come from Minnesota and North Carolina.
10) The skin that hangs from a turkey's neck is called a wattle. The fleshy growth on the base of the beak is the snood.
11) Each year 90 percent of Americans have turkey for thanksgiving compared to 50 percent on Christmas.
12) The most turkey consumed per capita is not eaten by Americans. Israel holds that honor.
One thing that's marvelous about the Thanksgiving turkey dinner is all the terrific leftovers! Anyone out there having something other than the traditional turkey for Thanksgiving dinner?