A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 06, 2006
Texas Turkey (armadillo)

"Texas turkey” is a name sometimes used for an armadillo.


22 June 1982, Frederick (MD) News, pg. A9:
Known as “Texas turkey,” armadillo meat is roasted over Texas campfires and is considered a great delicacy by Indians in Mexico.


7 March 1985, New York Times, “The Pecadilloes of Armadillos” by Michael Norman, pg. B2:
“It surfaced again as an item of interest during the Great Depression, when, of course, in Texas, as elsewhere, people were poor and they turned to the armadillo as a source of food. It became known as the Hoover Hog or the Texas Turkey.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, August 06, 2006 • Permalink