Know your turkeys

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We all look forward to a tasty turkey on Christmas day, but did you know that there are three main breeds of turkey, all of which have a slightly different flavour? We take a look at the difference between White, Norfolk Black and Bronze turkeys:


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White turkeys generally have larger wide breasts and short stubby legs and are considered more flighty than their Bronze cousin. Some people prefer White turkeys due to the appearance of their clean-looking skin and subtle flavour.


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The Norfolk Black became the favoured eating bird in Britain and in the 1700s large flocks of birds were driven to London with their feet tarred and clothed to prevent damage on the long walk. Black turkey characteristics include a fuller, gamier flavour, a smaller breast than the White varieties and a fine texture.


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Named for its unusual colour, the feathers of this breed are a shimmering green-bronze, often appearing metallic in sunlight. Bronze turkeys tend to be more traditionally reared and are usually free range. Like their Black cousins, they are famed for a distinctive gamey flavour and moist meat, but also have a firm texture.

Did you know?

  • A wild turkey can run up to speeds of 25 miles per hour and fly short distances up to 55 miles per hour.
  • White, Bronze and Norfolk Bronze are the most common breeds, but there are 43 breeds of turkey in total.
  • Only male turkeys gobble.
  • Adult turkeys have up to 5000 feathers.

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Choosing the right bird, cooking tips and carving techniques

Cooking a Christmas dinner can be a nerve-wracking experience... but don't worry - just a bit of preparation and a sprinkling of knowledge can help ensure you get the best possible meal out of your Christmas favourites.

Take a look at our Christmas cooking tips and try making our favourite Christmas recipes. 

Related categories: Christmas Food Poultry

Last edited: 29 November 2019 at 11:21

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