Just the Facts Mame
Just the Facts Mame. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Line On Agriculture.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. That means in most cases a house full of people, parades and football on the TV, perhaps a game of touch football in the yard and of course more food than we can possibly eat. The centerpiece is almost always that scrumptious turkey but before then I thought it might be nice to pay a little homage to that bird we will be consuming tomorrow with some interesting facts.
• Ben Franklin, in a letter to his daughter, proposed the turkey as the official
• In 2000, the average American ate 17.75 pounds of turkey.
• The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.
• A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
• The male turkey is called a tom.
• The female turkey is called a hen.
• The turkey was domesticated in
• Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour.
• Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour.
• Most of the turkeys raised for commercial production are White Hollands.
• It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.
• A domesticated male turkey can reach a weight of 30 pounds within 18 weeks after hatching.
• Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving.
• Twenty-two million turkeys are eaten each Christmas.
• Nineteen million turkeys are eaten each Easter.
• Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clicking noise.
• The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, stew or soup, salad, casserole and stir-fry.
So there you have it.
That’s today’s Line On Agriculture. I’m Greg Martin on the Northwest Ag Information Network.