What Breed is Your Turkey?

November 12, 2009

Did you know that the standard commercial turkey is a called a Broad Breasted White?

It's a breed specifically bred to turn the least amount of feed into the most amount of weight the fastest. This, in turn, creates a bird with such a large breast that it is unable to mate. How can one expect to get a tasty bird if they're grown in such a way?

For a more sustainable option and a tastier meal, learn more about heritage turkeys at Local Harvest or read this post about a farmer who raises them.

Oh by the way, commercial turkeys are white-feathered. Shh, don't tell the children, their color-by-number drawings of multi-colored turkeys aren't what they're eating for Thanksgiving.

Photo by stevevoght



Alisa's picture

I remember an episode of Mike Rowe's "Dirty Jobs" where he worked in a turkey farm, I was surprised to see that all the turkeys have white feathers