Hester Prynne, the Purantical character in Jane Eyre Gets Real by Annabelle Troy, remembers when all turkeys were wild. This means a large bird typically with bronze-colored feathers, a fan-shaped tail and wings marked with black and white bars. To modern palates, used to domesticated fowl, it might taste a bit dry and tough, with even the white meat seeming as strong as the dark. Hester’s tip: soak your bird overnight in cold, lightly salted water (after you have plucked it, of course).
While these parts may not be edible–or worth the trouble to make them so–it is always good to know your turkey. Here are some facts the #Pilgrims would have found obvious:
wattle: flap of skin that hangs beneath the chin–people can get them, too!
snood: nothing to do with Jane Eyre’s headgear; rather, a fleshy part above the bill–when a male courts a female his turns bright red.
caruncles: protuberances on the head; these can be large on the male, indicating a lot of testosterone.
leg spurs: on a male turkey, or “jake”, these are a couple of inches above the feet; like claws, they are used to fight off other males.
breast beards: extra feathers that “jakes” develop to attract “jennies” (female turkeys); older males can have “beards” 12 inches in length. They will ruffle and puff these up to appear larger and more attractive to the opposite sex.
The characters of Jane Eyre Gets Real wish everyone a happy, #Covid19 free holiday.