Make all the jokes you want, but there really is a big difference between white and dark meat turkey! Here are some FAQ's.


A 15-pound turkey generally has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.

The two types of meat differ nutritionally. The white meat has fewer calories and less fat than the dark meat.

The rich flavor of dark meat is especially valued in soup and stew recipes. Dark meat holds up well in rich marinades and is a perfect choice for grilling and barbecuing.

What do you prefer? A classic dark meat drum stick or some white breast meat?