Photo: Turkey in Latin America
Written by Contributor: Jon Stroshine
The holidays have arrived here in the U.S., and that means a lot of turkey has and will be served up in the coming weeks.
The same holds true for a lot of nations, including Peru, which will consume two million turkeys during the holidays, its Agriculture Ministry said.
A turkey meal is a Peruvian staple for Christmas and New Years. The two million turkey mark represents a 3.1 percent increase from last year, a government source reports. The turkey consumed represents a total of 13,400 tons of meat consumed, up 4.7 percent from the past year.
Turkeys are native to North and South America and were some of the first animals to be domesticated in the Americas. Aztec and Mayan Indians regularly enjoyed wild turkey dinners. The Aztecs honored turkeys with the name ‘Tezcatlipoca’ representing one of their gods. The region also contributes the white potato, used for mashed potatoes, which is indigenous to the Andes.
The Peru Ministry also estimates that the average Peruvian will eat 2.4 pounds of turkey in 2013, much lower than the United States, where approximately 14 pounds per person per year or turkey is consumed.