Five Fun Facts about Turkey

Like many of you I’m sure, we at Mom Made Foods were surprised to find out that November is in fact NOT the national month for turkeys. Say what? June is, in fact, National Turkey Lovers Month. In honor of such a nutritious and delicious food holiday, we’ve hunted down the some fun facts about turkeys. 

Fact 1: Not All Turkeys Gobble

Male turkeys “gobble” while females purr, yelp and make “kee-kee” noises.

Fact 2: Turkey is a Powerhouse Food

Turkey is a great source of protein, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, B vitamins, and niacin. Compared to chicken breast, turkey breast is lower in calories and saturated fat. By choosing antibiotic free turkey, you and your family are less likely to become antibiotic resistant.

Fact 3: Turkeys Are Excellent Flyers

Wild turkeys can run up to speeds of 25 mph and fly as fast as 40 mph. They can even glide for roughly an hour.

Fact 4: The Turkey Was Never Going to be the National Bird

Contrary to popular belief, Benjamin Franklin did not propose that the turkey be the United States’ national bird. He did however tell his daughter in a letter that the turkey was a more “respectable bird” than the bald eagle.

Fact 5: Don’t Mess with a Red Headed Turkey

The area of bare skin on a turkey’s head and neck vary depending on the turkey’s mood at the time. A blue head means the turkey is excited, while a red head means it’s ready to fight.