Turkey in the straw becomes dinner on the holiday table
MORGAN LOWDER, 15, left, and her sister Cassidy, 10, interact with their six Broad Breasted White turkeys at their Placerville property. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it's natural to think of turkey.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys will be cooked and eaten this Thanksgiving. That's one-sixth of all turkeys sold in the U.S. each year, with turkey also popular at Christmas and Easter.
A type of pheasant, turkeys are the only poultry native to the Western Hemisphere.
Available in many varieties, heritage domestic turkeys are the result of cross-breeding between domesticated European varieties and the wild turkeys of North America...