It’s turkey time. Check out some facts, tips, and recipes for a favorite holiday bird.
Read about turkeys in the Winter 2023 In Season article, along with former WSU executive chef Jamie Callison’s roast turkey and stuffing recipe.
Value of US production: $5.89 billion
US turkey meat production, ready-to-cook weight: 5.56 billion pounds
Total US production, number of birds: 216.5 million
US consumption: 5.09 billion pounds
US consumption per capita: 15.3 pounds (compared to 8.2 pounds in 1970)
US turkey meat exports: 548 million pounds
US average price for whole frozen turkey hens: $1.23 per pound (compared to 96 cents per pound … » More …
The Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is native to North America and is the heaviest member of the Galliformes. It is one of two species of turkey, the other being the Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata) found in the Yucatán Peninsula in Central America.
Subspecies of the Meleagris gallopavo include the Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris), Osceola or Florida (M. g. osceola), Rio Grande (M. g. intermedia), Merriam’s (M. g. merriami), Gould’s (M. g. mexicana), and South Mexican (M. g. gallopavo—not shown on map).
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