Whether it's a turkey sandwich or turkey on the Thanksgiving table, roast chicken for dinner or chicken wings at your Super Bowl party, poultry is a huge part of the American diet. Americans are eating about 60 pounds of poultry per person each year, and chicken has surpassed beef in popularity in recent years. While Americans are consuming less beef and pork, chicken and turkey are on the rise.
With poultry playing such a significant role in our lives, we wanted to take a look at what our food looks like before it hits our tables. Unlike some of the scarier-looking seafood we looked at recently, the birds that typically end up in our recipes are really quite beautiful.
Here are eight kinds of poultry you've probably eaten or at least heard of, and what they look like before they get to your plate.