FOOD STUFF FUN FACTS


Turkey


  1. In 2008, the average American ate 17.6 pounds of turkey.


  1. 88% of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving.


  1. In 2009, 250 million turkeys are expected to be raised in the United States of which 46 million will be cooked on Thanksgiving.


  1. The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.


  1. The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.


  1. A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.


  1. The wild turkey is native to Northern Mexico and the Eastern United States.


  1. The male turkey is called a tom. The female turkey is called a hen.


  1. Baby turkeys are called poults. A 16 week old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster and a yearling is a year old. Any turkey 15 months or older is called mature.


  1. A domesticated male turkey can reach a weight of 30 pounds within 18 weeks after hatching.


  1. Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clicking noise. Males can be heard a mile away on a quiet day.


  1. The turkey was domesticated in Mexico and brought to Europe in the 16th century.


  1. Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour. Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly. Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour.


  1. Turkeys’ heads change colors when they become excited.


  1. Turkeys can see movement almost a hundred yards away. Turkeys can see in color. Turkeys have very good hearing.


  1. Turkeys lived almost ten million years ago.


  1. It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.


  1. Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia, California, Indiana, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Iowa were the leading producers of turkeys in 2008.


  1. Turkeys are related to pheasants.


  1. Eating turkey does not cause you to feel sleepy after your Thanksgiving dinner. Carbohydrates in your Thanksgiving dinner are the likely cause of your sleepiness.


  1. Turkey is low in fat and high in protein.


  1. Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.


  1. White meat has fewer calories and less fat than dark meat.





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