5 Interesting Thanksgiving Turkey facts by knewthis.com
5 Interesting Thanksgiving Turkey facts
After the 5 Interesting Thanksgiving facts, it now is time for 5 interesting turkey facts
Interesting Turkey fact #1: Turkey at Thanksgiving
91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
Interesting Turkey fact #2: 280 million turkeys at Thanksgiving
About 280 million turkeys are sold each year for Thanksgiving. This is about 7 billion pounds of turkey and $3 billion dollars worth of sales!
Interesting Turkey fact #3: Cranberries
About 20% of all cranberries that are consumed in the US each year are eaten on Thanksgiving with Turkeys!
Interesting Turkey fact #4: Why Turkeys are called Turkeys
The name Turkey comes from the Ottomans who imported “turkey fowls”
In the 16th century, when North American turkeys were first introduced in-mass to Europe, another bird was popularly imported throughout Europe and England -> the guinea fowl. This guinea fowl was imported from Madagascar via the Ottoman Empire. The merchants who did this were known as “turkey merchants”. The guinea fowl themselves eventually were popularly referred to as “turkey fowl”, similar to how other products imported by the Ottoman Empire acquired their names such as “turkey corn”, “turkey wheat”, etc. The North American turkey was thought by many to be a species of the type of guinea fowl and thus people called it also a “turkey fowl”, which was eventually shortened to just “turkey”
Interesting Turkey fact #5: Most turkeys bred in captivity are not able to mate
Due to white meat being the most popular part of a turkey, turkeys have been bred to have huge breasts. In fact so much, so that most domesticated turkeys are no longer able to mate due to the breasts getting in the way of the male mounting the female. As such, most hatcheries use artificial insemination to fertilize the eggs of the domestic turkey.