Hag Hodaya sameah – Happy Thanksgiving – from Israel

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Though Americans are gobbling up turkey today for their Thanksgiving holiday, Israelis still manage to outpace the U.S. in annual turkey consumption.

According to Israel’s Agriculture Ministry and Foreign Ministry, Israelis consume around 13 kilos per person annually, ranking Israel as the world’s largest per-capita turkey consumer.

The average American, however, only consumes 7.26 kilos annually, mostly on special occasions such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

Israelis eat turkey year-round. They consume four times more poultry products than beef products out of preference and affordability. Israelis love turkey because it is convenient, offers versatile cooking styles and is an alternative to pork for Jewish and Muslim consumers alike.

Before the luxury of refrigerators came along, importing meat was a problem not only because it was too expensive, but because it was hard to preserve when imported. To solve this problem, innovative Israelis created turkey pastrami that both led to the popularity of turkey in the Israeli diet and, ultimately, shaped Israel’s competitive meat market.

Israel’s turkeys are in high demand in Europe and are mainly exported to Western Europe because of their valued quality. The European Union acknowledges the excellence of Israel’s turkey production, which adheres to high standards of breeding methods, disease-resistant breeds, hygienic conditions and veterinary supervision.

We at KNI wish all of our American readers a Happy Thanksgiving today and share in our gratitude for God’s goodness.

From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained. – Jeremiah 30:19

Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. – Psalms 107:8-9