Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Some consumers prefer a ‘heritage’ turkey breed for holiday meals

By Elizabeth Bobenhausen Poultry Times staff

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — The holiday season is here, and everyone is starting to get the perfect turkey for their holiday meals. While most people consider getting turkeys from their favorite grocery store for their dinners, some people purchase a heritage turkey.

Food Print describes these birds as “Heritage,” similar to “heirloom.” It “refers to breeds that have remained unchanged over many generations.” These “turkeys prized for their flavor and not necessarily their size. They’re completely different from Butterball and other commercially raised turkey breeds, which have been bred to produce the maximum amount of breast meat in as short a. . .

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