Originating in North America, Norfolk Black Turkeys were introduced into Europe in the 16th Century by Spanish explorer Pedro Nino. Almost certainly the oldest turkey breed in Britain, Norfolk Black Turkeys became recognised as a premier breed in East Anglia. During the 17th Century, Norfolk Black Turkeys were driven in flocks from Norfolk to be sold in London. Their feet were tarred and wrapped in hessian to protect them during their epic journey.
Today, Norfolk Black Turkeys have gained in popularity and are fully endorsed by Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein, Delia Smith and many other chefs. Classified as a rare breed, Norfolk Black Turkeys continue to be an extremely popular choice for the most important dinner of the year.
With a striking black plumage, we believe that our fresh Norfolk Black Turkeys are tastier than any other you will ever have the pleasure to roast. Recognised as a slow maturing breed, our Norfolk Black Turkeys are hatched on the farm during the spring and naturally reared to full maturity throughout the year in a free range environment.
Once humanely slaughtered on the farm, our turkeys are carefully hand plucked and hung for ten days to enhance their wonderful flavour. When cooked, the meat is succulent and moist with a fine texture. We are confident that our Norfolk black turkeys will provide a unique Christmas dinner experience that your friends and family will never forget.
health and WELFARE
To ensure our turkeys maintain optimum health status, we take great pride in providing a suitably enriched environment. Not only does this allow them to exhibit naturally inquisitive behaviours, but it also increases their activity levels and generally promotes good health.
Our Norfolk Black Turkeys are free to roam daily on grassland and rummage amongst natural habitat, whilst at night they are kept in a deep straw bedded barn to protect them from predators. In addition to the natural forage they source from the grassland, our turkeys are fed on a mixture of home-milled locally produced wheat and oats and are finished to an extremely high standard.