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What is turkey?

About the ingredient turkey. Including 675 recipes with turkey, nutrition data, photos, and where to find it.



A farm raised bird with delicate flesh. Size can vary depending on its breeding or variety.

It is advisable to lard up turkey breast with bacon as it has a tendency to dry out during cooking.

roasted turkey

The Spanish called turkeys "Indian chicken" when they discovered Mexico. In Britain the turkey eventually replace the traditional Christmas goose.  The turkey still lives in the wild in Canada, US and Mexico but was already domesticated in Mexico during the time of the Aztecs.

In Canada and the United States turkey is the traditional main dish for the Thanksgiving harvest festival. The first US colonist were saved from starvation by the wild turkey. It is typically stuffed with corn bread, roasted and then served with cranberry sauce.


A good turkey will be young and plump with a short neck.  If the birds feet are reddish and scaly it is old.  Turkey is usually stuffed and then roasted, most classically for North American Thanksgiving.

roast turkey sliced


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 unit (yield from 1 lb ready-to-cook turkey) (112g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 211Calories from Fat 74
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 8.3g 13%
Saturated Fat 2.4g 12%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 82mg 28%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 0.0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars ~
Protein 32.2g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% Iron 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Turkey is usually found in the poultry section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Turkey is a member of the Poultry Products US Department of Agriculture nutritional food group.

How much does turkey weigh?

Measure Grams
1 unit (yield from 1 lb ready-to-cook turkey) 112
1 breast, bone removed 864

In Chinese:火鸡
British (UK) term: Turkey
en français:la dinde
en español:el pavo

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