All Hail the Chicken!

Today, March 19, is National Poultry Day! Who knew? (Also, in light of Monday's post, who knew there were so many national food days??)

Luckily, scratchDC has got all your poultry needs covered. Today’s meal—Murgh Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)—is chicken at its exotically spiced best. Next up tomorrow is Baked Fried Chicken—comfort food 101. Get your orders in!

Poultry is the name given to domesticated birds used by humans for their meat, eggs, or feathers. It comes from the Old French word polet and the Middle English pulet, both of which come from the Latin word pullus, meaning “young animal.” How very descriptive (sarcasm).

Ducks, geese, quail, turkeys, and sometime guinea fowl and squab are all poultry, but chickens are numero uno among poultry protein. Factoid: There are more chickens in the world than any other bird. And for the first time in a century lean chicken is more popular than beef in an increasingly health-conscious U.S. All hail the chicken!

In honor of National Poultry Day, we dug up a really cool print from the Library of Congress’ collection: “The Poultry of the World: Portraits of All Known Valuable Breeds of Fowls.” It’s from 1868. Cool, no?

Rose McCarthy
Rose McCarthy