Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday Tidbits

In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving season, here are some fun turkey day tidbits. I hope you enjoy them. Source:

Did you know?

At my house, we have a herd of wild turkeys that occasionally moves into our evergreen trees? Gobble gobble! #:0)

Have you ever heard of Turducken? Apparently this interesting dish, which originated in Louisiana, consists of a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken, some recipes have a different stuffing for each bird!

Turkeys are some of the oldest living Americans. Fossil evidence shows that they existed in the Americas 10 million years ago.

Apparently Thomas Jefferson once said Thanksgiving was "the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard." Apparently the joke's on him!

Since crab season starts in November, many people on the West Coast of the US eat Dungeness crab for Thanksgiving instead of turkey.

Corn comes in many varieties and colors, including red, white, yellow and blue. Apparently some Americans considered blue and white corn sacred. The oldest corns date 7000 years back and were grown in Mexico.

Turkeys are the bird of choice for Thanksgiving because they just happened to be the most plentiful meat available at the time of the first Thanksgiving in 1621.

Forget your beloved dog or cat, apparently turkeys were one of the first animals in the Americas to be domesticated!

Columbus thought turkeys were a type of peacock (they’re actually a type of pheasant). So he named them “tuka”, which is "peacock" in the Tamil language of India.

The cranberry is a symbol and a modern diet staple of thanksgiving. Originally called crane berry, it derived its name from its pink blossoms and drooping head, which reminded the Pilgrims of a crane.

Native Americans didn't eat cranberries but they discovered they were great for dying fabric and decorating pottery.

A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds. Apparently they are prone to heart attacks when they're scared!

If you like dark meat better than white, you'd probably like the meat of a wild turkey. It's all dark, even the breasts, and apparently has a more intense turkey flavor. 


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