As you get ready to “gobble, gobble” this Thanksgiving, take a moment to be thankful for our most highly celebrated holiday bird, the turkey. The Pilgrims were planning for the first Thanksgiving to be a fast, but thanks to the arrival of the Wampanoag Indians at the event, it instead became a three day feast! Today, it is pretty hard to imagine the Thanksgiving meal without this delicious bird. Here are some fun turkey facts:
- In a survey conducted by the National Turkey Federation, nearly 88 percent of Americans said they eat turkey at Thanksgiving.
- The National Turkey Federation estimated that 46 million turkeys—one fifth of the annual total of 235 million consumed in the United States—were eaten at Thanksgiving.
- Swanson TV Dinners were partially inspired by the need to find a way to use a huge amount of leftover frozen Thanksgiving turkeys. These first frozen dinners included turkey, cornbread dressing, frozen peas and sweet potatoes.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.
- Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour when they are scared, but domesticated turkeys are bred to be heavier and can’t run quite that fast.
- Turkey was part of the first meal enjoyed by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin when they were on the moon.
The team at Lori Corken & Company wishes you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!