The turkey is a large bird in the genusMeleagris, which is native to the Americas. One species, Meleagris gallopavo (commonly known as the domestic turkey or wild turkey), is native to the forests of North America, mainly Mexico and the United States. The other living species is Meleagris ocellata or the ocellated turkey, native to the forests of the Yucatán Peninsula. Males of both turkey species have a distinctive fleshy wattle or protuberance that hangs from the top of the beak (called a snood). They are among the largest birds in their ranges. As in many galliformes, the male is larger and much more colorful than the female.
Turkeys are classed in the family of Phasianidae (pheasants, partridges, francolins, junglefowl, grouse and relatives) in the taxonomicorder of Galliformes. The genus Meleagris is the only genus in the subfamily Meleagridinae, formerly known as the family Meleagrididae, but now subsumed within the family Phasianidae.
History and naming
When Europeans first encountered turkeys in America, they incorrectly identified the birds as a type of guineafowl– i.e., as members of a group of birds which were thought to typically come from the country of Turkey. The name of the North American bird thus became "turkey fowl", which was then shortened to just "turkey". In 1550, the English navigator William Strickland, who had introduced the turkey into England, was granted a coat of arms including a "turkey-cock in his pride proper".
Ampelographers estimate that Turkey is home to between 600–1200 indigenous varieties of Vitis vinifera (the Europeangrapevine), though less than 60 of these are grown commercially. With over 1,500,000 acres (6,100km2) planted under vine, Turkey is the world's fourth-leading producer of grapes.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkey's first president, established the country's first commercial winery in 1925. According to the OIV, the total wine production in 2005 was 287,000 hl. In the first half of 2009, wine consumption in Turkey reached 20,906,762 litres.
At the Exchange Club’s annual kick-off luncheon, attendees held their yearly turkey auction, with members tossing in a combined $4,391.33 from their own pockets. The turkey auction took a unique turn when Exchange Club TreasurerDave Slavicek emerged dressed as a turkey.
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More than 1,500 people started their Thanksgiving morning early by participating in the 14th AnnualTurkey Trot race at BradleyPark... The top three men and women finishers in 10 age divisions also won trophies, and all participants who crossed the finish line received a Turkey Trot medal ... The Turkey Trot embodies all of that.
Mom would be back at home slaving away at the turkey dinner and we all had a grand time ... For Arthur, Thanksgiving is a treasured time with those he loves most ... I loved these gatherings and treasure the memories which give me warm feelings of love.” ... For years we did the big beautiful traditional turkey dinner that everyone wanted.
Since 1999, Learning WithoutTears has held its AnnualCharityTurkey Fry, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars and providing support to a host of inspiring non-profit organizations ... "Everyone at Learning Without Tears looks forward to the Turkey Fry Wednesday, and it has become a treasured annual tradition that grows every year.
spread holiday blessings to over a dozen local families ... The food baskets were delivered complete with everything the families would need to make a great meal, including the foil pan in which to bake the turkeys. "We do this every year to give back to the community," said Johnny Connors, treasurer of the DisturbedSouls ... .
Either way, turkey is likely to be the star of the menu ... “Infinity buffet will feature an array of traditional Thanksgiving dishes, including carved Cajun turkey breast, smoked brisket and lots of sides,” said Susan Varnes, general manager of Treasure Bay Casino in Biloxi ... The milkshake has a chocolate turkey and a slice of pumpkin pie on top.
Generous buffets, treasured covered dishes, golden turkeys stuffed with dressing ... What’s the best way to thaw frozen foods, including a turkey? ... If the item, such as a turkey, contains juices, place it inside a rimmed baking sheet or bowl to catch any released liquid ... If you have to cook your turkey from frozen, you can do that.
Selections include hand-carved turkey breast or ham, shrimp and grits, seafood bouillabaisse, soups, salads and sides ...Turkey breast and sides start at $80 ... Caddy’s TreasureIsland is serving up a turkey breast dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls and pumpkin pie.
Kaitlin Durbin reports that while the new budget does eat into the county’s reserves, it also assumes another $31.5 million in revenues, primarily through greater sales and property tax collections, and higher fees for auditor, treasurer, conveyance, recording and sheriff’s services. Wild turkeys.
“On Thanksgiving, we have more ham than turkey because nobody really likes turkey. On Christmas morning, instead of having Santa Claus, we do a Christmas treasure hunt. My husband sets up clues and they go and find the Christmas treasure — their presents ... “It’s pretty creative.” One clue leads to another and another until all the treasure is found ... Mr.
This region of Turkey is called Cappadocia, and is famous for its unique rock formations and archaeological treasures, including centuries’-old settlements, churches and underground cities where entire populations (of Christians mostly) lived to avoid persecution ... of Turkey.