[Sca-cooks] Game for Your Feast

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Wed Mar 2 16:45:08 PST 2011

Antonia di Benedetto Calvo replied to me with:
<<< I think you're thinking of the bustard,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Bustard >>>

Yes, sorry, I think I am. My apologies. That's one of the reasons for the Florilegium, to augment my sometimes poor memory. I wasn't sure if they were extinct or not, but this article says they aren't extinct, but endangered, like so many other creatures. It also shows another reason for the turkey to have quickly replaced them. The bustard's area covers only a small area of Europe, mostly the Iberian peninsula, so even assuming a larger area in medieval times, it probably wasn't that common. So domesticated turkeys would have easily become more common.

It also sounds like a domesticated turkey would be much easier to raise than swans or geese or other large birds.

THLord Stefan li Rous    Barony of Bryn Gwlad    Kingdom of Ansteorra
   Mark S. Harris           Austin, Texas          StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
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