Dessert is my favorite part of Thanksgiving… or any meal, for that matter. (Did someone say chocolate???) But since it’s really all about the turkey, I thought it would be fun to learn a few facts about our beloved bird. Here’s some turkey trivia to give your brain a little workout before you dig into your Thanksgiving meal.
First up – where do turkeys come from? Besides from eggs of course… What I mean is, do you know which states produce the most turkeys? According to the National Turkey Federation, America’s top five turkey producing states in 2007 and 2008 were Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, and Missouri.
More turkey trivia:
- Domesticated turkey hens are artificially inseminated. They lay 80-100 eggs during a 25 week laying cycle. Each egg takes 28 days to hatch.
- A turkey is usually 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
- Toms are male turkeys. Hens are females.
- Only tom turkeys gobble. Hen turkeys make a clicking noise.
- Domesticated turkeys cannot fly.
- Nearly 88-percent of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving.
- The average weight of a turkey bought for Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
[Source: National Turkey Federation]
This year we’re having a Turducken – a turkey stuffed with a duck which is stuffed with a chicken (I skip the duck). How about you? Turkey? Tofurkey? Turducken? Something else?
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