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Versatile, low in fat and nutritious, turkey has all the qualities of chicken and remains juicy when cooked appropriately.

Versatile, low in fat and nutritious turkey

Olymel has so much to offer

A whole turkey is an absolute must for certain special occasions. But it's becoming increasingly popular on an everyday basis because of the variety of its potential uses. Turkey wings as appetizers, drumsticks on the barbecue, easy-to-slice turkey roasts, meaty cutlets…turkey has few equals when it comes to diversifying a menu.

Beyond the classic whole turkey, Olymel offers a wide selection of high quality cuts that makes life easier for butchers, by allowing them to inspire their customers with products that are as varied as they are delicious.

Why choose turkey?

  • It compares favourably to chicken, as much for its flavour as for the many ways in which it can be prepared.
  • At certain times of the year, it's the lowest cost poultry on the market.
  • With its lean meat, turkey certainly has its place in a well-balanced diet.
  • Thanks to its high protein and vitamin content, it's a very nutritious food.


Turkey is low in fat and saturated fatty acids, which contributes to lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases. With only 1 gram of fat per 100 gram portion, white turkey meat cooked without its skin is leaner than fish that have the least amount of fat, such as sole. Its high selenium content is another reason to include it in a diet aimed at lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

As well, eating turkey is an attractive option for those suffering from food allergies, because the protein in turkey is rarely allergenic. Therefore, it's one of the first meats that young children can eat when solid foods are introduced into their diet.

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Broiler or Tom turkey?

Aged a maximum of 4 months and weighing between 4 and 11 kg, broiler turkeys are the youngest of the turkeys and the ones whose meat is the most tender. They're a great choice for small families wishing to cook a whole turkey.

The Tom is a little older and much heavier, weighing up to 15 kg. It's rarely sold whole. Although age can slightly affect tenderness, its meat still remains quite tender and most importantly, very tasty. 

Versatile turkey is a very juicy proposition

Turkey can be used in many different recipes, from stews to hamburgers and skewers. Rosted turkey will remain tender and juicy by avoiding high cooking temperatures or by brining it before cooking. It can also be prepared with a host of herbs and spices, such as curry, fennel, ginger, allspice, savory and thyme, not mention a variety of fruits, among them cranberries, star fruit, mangoes, figs or raisins.