The harvest festival of Thanksgiving - in Canada, the second Monday in October - has wandered around the calendar more than most holidays: The first North American celebration was in Canada's eastern Arctic in 1578, by explorer Martin Frobisher. New…
Published June 05, 2007 by
The typical US household devours turkey, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries, bread rolls and of course pumpkin or cherry pie for the big Thanksgiving holiday. So here are some fun facts regarding these delights.
The average American consumes over 13 pounds of turkey a year and it would be fairly safe to assume that a few pounds were consumed during the Thanksgiving week. Likewise the average American consumes about 4.7 pounds of sweet potatoes in a one year time period.
According to the USDA, over 265 million turkeys will be raised in the US this year with about 20% being raised in Minnesota (tops all states in turkey production). US farmers will earn over $2.7 billion from raising turkeys this year. And don't forget the cranberries! The US produces over 650 million pounds of cranberries with over 50% being grown in the great state of Wisconsin. Whether topped with marshmallows or a brown sugar - pecan mix, sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple. Nearly 1.6 billion pounds of sweet potatoes are grown in the US with the majority grown in North Carolina. With 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins and 256 million pounds of tart cherries being grown each year in the US, Mom should have plenty to bake a fantastic Thanksgiving pie.
The US average price was $1.07 per pound for a full size frozen turkey in 2005.
Want to get yourself in the Thanksgiving spirit? Well how about a visit to one of the 3 towns named "Turkey" in the US. So this year maybe you should consider celebrating Turkey Day in Turkey, Texas!