Did You Know?
Delicious, versatile turkey is the leanest meat of all.
Turkey has long been a holiday favorite; it was served with a chocolate sauce during Aztec festivals.
Serve turkey for lunch or dinner, and rest assured, the whole family will gobble it up. Kids like its mild flavor, while grown-ups appreciate the meat's rich nutritional content. Turkey is packed with protein (it has as much as red meat does), but it's low in saturated fat (skinless white turkey meat has as little as one-sixth the amount found in other meats). It is also a good source of niacin, phosphorus, and vitamins B6 and B12.
You can use leftover holiday turkey in most of our recipes; these meals are so different from the big feast that kids won't cry out "Turkey again?" Cooked meat stored in an airtight container will keep for three to four days in the refrigerator or for a month in the freezer. If you're buying fresh turkey parts, opt for breast meat; it has the lowest fat content. Choose cuts with pink flesh; smooth, creamy white skin; and no bruising.
Why is turkey called "turkey" and not "america"? Though it's a North American bird, native to Mexico, the fowl was named by Englishmen during the 1500s after the Turkish merchants who exported it. Despite its name, at the time our country was formed Ben Franklin pushed for the turkey to be our symbol.