Midget White and Bourbon Red Turkeys are Better!

You may be surprised by the winners of this recent taste test.

| August 21, 2008

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    Midget white turkeys may be the best breed for a small homestead.
    HILARY CHESTER/ALWAYS SOMETHIN' FARM

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Plan ahead! If you order some poults (baby turkeys) now, or place an order for next season, you can raise your own flavorful Thanksgiving dinner. A recent taste test involving about 70 people and nine breeds of turkeys showed that heritage breeds taste better. The overall winner was the midget white turkey, and the runner up was the bourbon red. (The industrial Butterball came in last.)

For details of the taste test, read How Eight Heritage Turkeys Kicked a Butterball’s Butt.

The midget white turkey has a remarkable history. It was rescued when there were only six birds left. Read more about A History of the Midget White Turkey and Why the Midget White Turkey is the Perfect Homestead Turkey from the man who helped develop the breed.

You can learn more about other rare and endangered breeds of poultry on these Web sites:



The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy






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