Thanksgiving Facts to Digest
Here are some Thanksgiving facts to chew on as you recover from the holidays – like how many pounds of cranberries Missouri produces, how many turkeys are raised in the state, and how many pounds of turkey the average American eats.
(Hint: Mr. Turkey, be afraid. Be very afraid.)
Preliminary estimate of number of turkeys raised in Missouri in 2006, up 4.9
percent from 2005.
Rank of Missouri gobbler production among all states in 2006 (estimated).
Top Ten States in Turkeys Raised, 2006 Est.
● 13.4 pounds
Quantity of turkey devoured by the typical American in 2004, a hearty portion of
which was consumed at Thanksgiving.
Pounds of cranberries commercially produced in Missouri. Missouri is warmer than
the typical cranberry prefers -- the tart fruit is grown in Massachusetts, New
Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin (the state leader, at 375 million
pounds.) Your next relish could be made of pears, apples, grapes, raspberries,
strawberries and of course walnuts, all of which thrive in Missouri.
Total acres of pumpkins harvested for sale in Missouri, 2002
Missouri's pumpkin king, at 224 acres harvested. Boone County was next, with
188 acres, then St. Louis, 70 acres, Chariton, 64 acres and Warren, 54 acres.
49.1 million bushels
Preliminary estimate of total wheat production -- the essential ingredient in
bread, rolls and pie crust -- produced in Missouri in 2006.
Rank of Missouri in wheat production in 2006, estimate. Leaders Kansas and North
Dakota will account for almost 30 percent of U.S.' wheat production.
Top 15 States in Wheat Production, 2006 Est.
● Green beans, for casserole
Please. There are some things even MERIC won't touch.
● Best Thanksgiving place name
Pilgrim, Dade County, Missouri -- population 28 in 2000.