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The Mexican origin of turkeys
Turkey is the center of the Thanksgiving dinner - Photo: Alex Raths/EL UNIVERSAL

The Mexican origin of turkeys

22/11/2018
12:39
Mexico City
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Turkey is a product from Mexico, in the genus Meleagris gallpavo, also known as wild turkey and the Ocellated turkey comes from the Yucatán Peninsula

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It's quite difficult to picture Thanksgiving dinner without a turkey at the center of the table.

In Mexico, we call it guajolote or pavo, and in England and the U.S., it's called turkey because they thought it came from Turkey.

Yet turkey is a product from Mexico, in the genus Meleagris gallpavo, also known as wild turkey and the Meleagris ocellata, known as Ocellated turkey, comes from the Yucatán Peninsula.

Hernán Cortés took it to Spain, where it was unknown and by 1530, there were turkeys in England, France, Italy, among other countries.

In Europe, they sometimes sacrificed and ate peacocks, but after the turkey arrived, they preferred to eat turkey as the flavor was better.

The Aztecs called turkey “huexolotl”, and one of the most traditional recipes is to cook it with mole.

Now, it is cooked during the Thanksgiving and Christmas, not only in Mexico but all over the world.

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