Before devouring your Thanksgiving turkey this year, consider these fun turkey facts:
- Male turkeys (toms) gobble; female turkeys (hens) cluck.
- The fleshy growth under a turkey’s throat is called a wattle. Turkeys also have a long, red, fleshy area that grows from the forehead over the bill called a snood.
- Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour. They can run as fast as 20 miles per hour. Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.
- More than 45 million turkeys are cooked and 525 million pounds of turkey are eaten during Thanksgiving.
- 90% of American homes eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day. 50% eat turkey on Christmas.
- North Carolina produces 61 million turkeys annually, more than any other state. Minnesota and Arkansas are number two and three.
Benjamin Franklin, the great American statesman, thought the turkey was so American it should have been chosen as our national symbol rather than the eagle.