Citizens of the Jewish state, per capita, consume more turkey than those of any other country, reports Nicholas Nehamas:
According to the market-research firm Indexbox, Israelis eat 25.4 pounds of turkey annually and Americans put away 17.5 pounds of the mouthwatering fowl each year. Because of land and climate constraints, red meat costs a lot of money in Israel. Turkey has become a popular alternative and is often served in pita bread as shawarma.
In the U.S., we’ve known about the bird’s succulent white meat since the 17th century. The Aztecs and other native cultures also relied on Meleagris ocellata—a different breed from our North American Meleagris gallopavo—for meat and eggs. And the United Kingdom has long celebrated Christmas with a dinner of roast turkey.
But the rest of the world didn’t start catching on until the 1990s. . . . After Israel and the U.S., the top per-capita consumers of turkey are Canada (9.2lbs per year), the European Union (7.9), Brazil (4.2) and Australia (3.7).