Americans eat 45 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day, about 15% of the turkey eaten all year.
Turkeys are also traditionally eaten as the main course of Christmas feasts in much of the world.
Once upon a time, turkeys were so abundant in the wild that they were eaten throughout the year.
Wild turkeys have a very different taste from farm raised turkeys even though they’re the same species, almost all of the meat is “dark” with a more intense flavor.
A young turkey is called a poult.