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Peele's Norfolk Black Turkeys

Business Address: Peele's Norfolk Black Turkeys, Rookery Farm, Thuxton, Norwich, Norfolk NR9 4QJ

Country: England,

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About Peele's Norfolk Black Turkeys

A family business rearing the Norfolk Black Turkey for four generations.

For four generations my family has been rearing the Norfolk Black turkey, a breed that my grandfather saved from extinction in the 1950s. The Norfolk Black originated in South America and was introduced to Europe by the Spanish explorer Pedro Nino around 1500. It has striking jet-black plummage, but the Norfolk Black is most celebrated for its finely-textured meat which has a slightly gamey flavour.

We allow our turkeys to mate naturally and all our poults are reared outside and allowed to mature slowly. The rations we feed are mixed on our farm using our own home-grown wheat, barley, oats and beans and whole corn is fed to add a 'bloom' to the finished birds. All our turkeys are free range, additive and antibiotic free and are reared on organic meadowland.

To enhance these traditional rearing methods we hand pluck and hang our birds for at least a week, and every turkey is prepared for your table by hand. An average oven-ready weight of 10-12lbs (hens) and 18-21lbs (stags) is normal for the Norfolk Black turkey. To help offer a larger range of weights we also breed the Cambridge Bronze Turkey and in conjunction with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust we are also rearing the Bourbon Red, Lavender and Narrangansett breeds.

Peele's Norfolk Black Turkeys is a Rick Stein Food Hero and was featured in his first BBC TV series. We are also featured in Delia Smith's Delia's Happy Christmas, listed as one of her faithful suppliers.