Happy Thanksgiving! Sure, it's the most American of holidays, but the United States doesn't have the corner on turkeys. In fact, Israelis eat the most turkey per person, usually spit-roasted from a shawarma stand or in schnitzel form. The United States comes in second, followed by Canada. Turkey consumption is ramping up in Brazil and Mexico, and it's a traditional Christmas dish in El Salvador and other Central American countries.

Turkeys are native to North America, but Heifer International provides these plucky birds to families throughout Eastern Europe and Central America. Heifer turkeys are currently scratching around family farms in Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia and Mexico. And turkeys are incorporated into a large project in the Cahabon River Basin in Guatemala, where indigenous Q'eqchi families living in the cloud forest are raising turkeys, rabbits, worms and fruit trees.

One more fun thing about turkeys: If you see a pack of them, you could be boring and call it a "flock," but we prefer the more colorful "gobble."

Have a great holiday!

Author

Austin Bailey

Austin Bailey is a writer and editor for Heifer's World Ark magazine.