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Turkey, not the Country


Meet my friend, Meleagris gallopavo merriami (Merriam’s turkey).

When guinea fowls were brought from Africa to Europe, they were thought to have come through Turkey (the country), so they were named “turkey.”

Later when Europeans came to North America, they saw a local bird that looked liked their guinea fowl (which they had called a turkey), so they called this bird a turkey. There is no real connection between the bird and the country.

The native people of eastern North America hunted and ate turkeys, and this is how that bird came to be associated with “what was for dinner” at the first American Thanksgiving feast.

Turkey must have made quite an impression on the pioneers, since it became a traditional component of the Thanksgiving dinners that followed every year since then.

By the way, if you can’t remember when American Thanksgiving is: it’s always the fourth Thursday in November.

Happy Thanksgiving, America. We have a lot to be thankful for.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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29 thoughts on “Turkey, not the Country

  1. Thanks for this interesting information.

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  2. Interesting and tasty too๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Yes, turkeys can be quite tasty. I’ve never eaten a wild turkey. Would be interesting to know what kind of flavour they have, but I’d hate to have to kill one to find out. I don’t like the thought of killing the domestic ones either, but “out of sight, out of mind.”

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  4. Did you know that fish was also served at the first Thanksgiving? Don’t ask me what kind. I read about it but I forgot.

    Thank you for thinking of us, Anneli. Blessings to you.

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  5. nice piece of information…. wasn’t aware of that……

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  6. This was interesting info. Thanks, Anneli. I love your photos of the turkey, both alive and as a meal. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Thanks, Anneli! Think of how full we are this Thursday Evening LOL.

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  8. We had them both, the “wild” turkeys (our breeding couple, which the bear got later) and the guinea fowl. The guineas were the police in our place. They warned all the other kinds of bird when eagles- or other predators were around, very smart birds! The turkeys were a bit stupid and very stubborn. About like the muscovy ducks. Thanks for the interesting blog post and the nice pictures.

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  9. We sure do have a lot to be thankful for, even with Trump mucking everything up, the turkey. And thanks for the mini-lesson on turkeys and guinea fowl. Isn’t that funny? I love learning about the origins of things like that. Happy holidays, Anneli.

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  10. Great info…we spotted wild turkeys on our mountain property at almost 10K feet one summer…incredible.

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  11. I like the history of our edible “turkey,” Anneli. Thank you We have lots of wild turkeys around our woods nearby (those on your top blog photo are quite good-looking) who we’d never think of eating, although the coyotes around here snack on, I’m afraid. “Our” wild turkeys appreciate the left-overs on the ground of our bird feeder.
    Hope you had a delightful Thanksgiving holiday yesterday, and perhaps all weekend long. xo

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    • We had friends over for dinner last night. Nice time, thanks. But aren’t you lucky to have those turkeys nearby. For us it’s a really big deal to see them, and I’d much rather see them than see coyotes.
      Hope you had a good evening and now it’s onward to the next big holiday.

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  12. They’re probably being picked off. Sad. That was how it went with our quail. We used to have about 50 of them going through our yard, but then the area got built up and a lot of loose dogs and stray cats wiped out the whole population. A lot of irresponsible people who are completely ignorant of their surroundings have moved into this rural area, bringing their downtown ideas with them. And basically that’s what we have now. Downtown has spread our way.

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