Don’t Get Duped on Heritage Turkey
Published on Friday, November 19th, 2010 by Lessley Anderson
Whether it's turkeys or tomatoes, heirloom varieties are hot, hot, hot. More people are looking for foods that hark back to an era before industrial agriculture and genetic manipulation. You might be one of those people opting for a "heritage" turkey this Thanksgiving. But are you sure you're getting a real heritage turkey? SHOCKER: You might not be.
First of all, a quick lowdown on what heritage actually means: It does not mean organic, all natural, or free range, though a true heritage bird is probably all of those things. Heritage refers to 10 specific breeds of turkey. These breeds were raised in the U.S. prior to the 1950s, when the poultry industry began to genetically engineer (through cross breeding) the commodity, broad-breasted white turkeys most people eat today.
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